The young Golden State Warriors, though, had no answer for the hard-charging and experienced Spurs during the latter stages of regulation and Manu Ginobili provided the dagger in double overtime.
Ginobili's go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left lifted the Spurs to a 129-127 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of this Western Conference semifinal.
The Spurs used an 18-2 run to close regulation and wipe away a 16-point deficit with four-plus minutes left.
The 6-foot-3, 165-pound Curry showcased his entire repertoire during a dazzling three-minute stretch near the end of the third where he went on a personal 12-0 run that vaulted the Warriors to an 18-point advantage.
Curry had 22 of his 44 points in the third frame.
Four straight points from Curry and his assist in transition to Kent Bazemore, who played just nine minutes and didn't score in the Warriors' first-round series against the Denver Nuggets, lifted Golden State to a 127-126 advantage with 3.9 ticks left in the second overtime.
After some miscommunication defensively on the ensuing sideline out-of-bounds play, Ginobili was left wide open on the left wing. Kawhi Leonard's cross- court overhead pass hit him, and Ginobili drained the triple with 1.2 seconds to play for a 129-127 Spurs lead.
Jarrett Jack's trey at the other end was way off the mark and San Antonio escaped with the win.
San Antonio hosts the Warriors for game two on Wednesday night. Broadcast time is 8pm, tip off at 830pm on 1200 WOAI.