Timeline Of the Golden State Warriors’ Epic Playoff Run


April 09, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors bench of starters stand up for the final seconds of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-89 to clinch a playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors saw their magical season come to an end Thursday night, as the San Antonio Spurs ended the magical ride that had the Bay Area in a frenzy.

However, the Warriors’ run was far from what anyone expected. Once they escaped the first round, any ensuing success was gravy. They weren’t expected to be this good, this soon.

So, let’s reflect on what a magical ride it was:

April 9th – The Clinch

The Warriors clinched only their second postseason appearance since 1994. The blowout win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, coupled with the loss of the Utah Jazz, meant that they were guaranteed a spot in the postseason. Warriors fans were able to cheer for a postseason team for the first time since 2007. Even in a moment of tremendous accomplishment, head coach Mark Jackson urges his team “don’t you dare go to the baggage claim, because this is just a layover. This is not our final destination,” Jackson said. Celebrate that we got here, but this is not our final destination.”

Apr 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3) guards Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second quarter during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

April 23rd – The Appetizer

After a disappointing Game 1 loss, which included David Lee’s hip flexor tear, the Warriors ended Denver’s 24 home win streak in Game 2. The Warriors scored an insane 131 points on 64.6 percent shooting from the field, and Stephen Curry showed the world his potential, scoring 30 points and 13 dimes. This would mark the beginning of a three-game Warriors win streak which ultimately culminated with them winning the series, and this would also prove to the skeptics just how well the Warriors can play.

May 6, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives to the basket as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends during the first half in game one of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT

May 6th – The Missed Opportunity

The Warriors looked to end a 29-game losing streak to playing in San Antonio as they entered Game 1 of the the second round, and up until 4:00 left of the final quarter, it looked like the Warriors would do just that. Stephen Curry scored 44 points and compiled 11 assists. He led Golden State to a 16-point advantage as the game clock winded down, but poor shot selection, turnovers and Tony Parker’s resurgence put the Spurs back in the game. The game went to overtime, then double overtime, where Manu Ginobili scored the go-ahead three to win the game.

May 8, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) has his shot blocked by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT

May 8th – The Victory

Klay Thompson lead his team to their first victory over the Spurs in San Antonio since 1997. He made eight of his nine three-point attempts and scored 29 points in a half, the most points scored in a playoff half against coach Gregg Popovich’s Spurs. Thompson finished the night with 34 points and 14 rebounds. Jackson said, “I truly believe that trials and tribulations are transportation for where you’re going. Game 1 made us better. We didn’t panic. We made plays.”

May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) congratulates San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) after game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

May 16th – The Final Buzzer

The Warriors lose Game 6 to San Antonio in the Oracle, and the Spurs put an end to a magical playoff run. Golden State went into Game  6 down 3-2, and played the entire game with their backs to the wall. By the time Game 6 came around, it was clear the Warriors were not at 100 percent, with Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut dealing with ankle issues, and David Lee playing on one leg after tearing his right hip flexor.

Even during the game, the Warriors experienced another injury, as Harrison Barnes took a hard fall right before halftime, one that left him with a gash above his right eye. Barnes returned back to game with six stiches and a swollen eye, but  he only played for one more quarter. The Warriors trailed for most of the game and nearly eliminated the San Antonio lead late in the fourth, but clutch three-pointers  Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker ended the run.