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In the end, most of the Warriors’ faithful still stuck around.
Fans serenaded the home team with chants of "Warr-i-ors!" in the final seconds. Curry grabbed a microphone after the game and thanked fans at half court, breaking the huddle with the crowd, "Just us!"
The Warriors had only made the playoffs once since 1994 before this season and hadn’t won two games beyond the first round since 1977.
"It’s inspiring to think of what we were able to accomplish this year and the foundation that has been laid," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
Added Curry: "It will take a minute to realize the accomplishments we have made, for a Warriors team to be in this position, it’s a good thing, and we can build on this for next year."
The Spurs showed incredible ball movement and had the Warriors playing from behind most of the way. San Antonio’s first 10 field goals came on an assist, going ahead by 10 points in the second quarter and maintaining that cushion until late.
Golden State stayed close despite more injury setbacks in a season full of them.
Andrew Bogut walked gingerly to the locker room with 8:31 remaining in the second quarter to get his troublesome left ankle re-taped. At one point, he told Jackson he "couldn’t move."
"I was running on fumes the whole series," said Bogut, who had three points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes.
In the second quarter, Barnes fell awkwardly while leaping to contest a layup from Boris Diaw. Barnes hit the court hard and his teammates immediately called for the training staff to attend to him as the arena fell silent. He received six stitches above his right eye at halftime and ran on the court late to start the third quarter, bringing fans to their feet roaring once more.
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