OAKLAND All-Star forward David Lee is still bothered by a torn right hip flexor. Stephen Curry is slowed by a sprained left ankle.
It must be time for the rookie to take over, right? That's what happened for the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
Small forward Harrison Barnes attempted a career-high 26 shots in scoring a game-high 26 points as the Warriors rallied to even their Western Conference semifinal series 2-2 with a 97-87 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena.
Barnes also grabbed 10 rebounds to become the first Warriors rookie to have at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in a playoff game since Billy Owens in 1992.
"He's a guy that's not afraid of the moment," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Barnes. "Obviously a guy that embraces the big lights."
Barnes wasn't efficient. He made just nine shots. But Barnes was at his best when it mattered, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter and overtime for the Warriors, who overcame playing with a hobbled star, foul trouble and poor shooting.
Barnes' 26 shots were nine more than his previous season high.
"I didn't try to hunt for shots," Barnes said. "A lot came off of the dribble-drive. Even though I wasn't making them, (I) just continued to be aggressive, put pressure on the defense."
That's usually Curry's job. But his sprained left ankle from Game 3 slowed him, putting the responsibility to attack on Barnes and reserve guard Jarrett Jack (24 points).
And as the Warriors fell behind in the fourth quarter, neither Barnes nor Jack shied away from shooting. Jack scored 12 points to go with Barnes' 11 over the last 17 minutes.
"Barnes and Jack were tremendous," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Usually in the playoffs, teams that win have other people step up at some point in a series. Those guys did it (Sunday) in really fine fashion."
Golden State trailed 80-72 with 4:49 to play before ending the fourth quarter on a 12-4 run, capped by a five-foot shot from Klay Thompson over Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan to tie the score 84-84 with 30 seconds to play.
Jack scored eight points during the run but credited Barnes with keeping Golden State in the game.
"(Barnes) did a tremendous job of leading the way being aggressive, attacking the basket," Jack said. "We kind of followed his lead."
The Warriors played with enough grit to rally in a game that featured plenty of missed shots and avoided facing elimination in Game 5 on Tuesday in San Antonio.
The Warriors shot 38 percent from the field. The Spurs shot 35.5 percent.
The Warriors gave up 18 points off turnovers but made up for that by out-hustling the Spurs and gaining a 65-51 rebounding edge.
Center Andrew Bogut grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds for the Warriors and defended Tim Duncan one-on-one late in the game. Duncan scored 19 points but made just 7 of 22 shots. Game 3 star Tony Parker scored 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting.
Curry scored 10 of his 22 points in the third quarter but clearly was bothered, as he conceded much of the ballhandling duties to Jack.
Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 21 points.
San Antonio shot just 56 percent (14 for 25) from the free-throw line. The Spurs shot 79.1 percent from the line during the regular season.