Warriors point guard Stephen Curry chewed emotionally on the shoulder of his jersey at midcourt of the Oracle Arena floor Thursday night, then grabbed a microphone and led fans in the chant his team had yelled all season:
"Just us."
Ultimately, what constituted the Warriors' roster just wasn't enough anymore.
But they put together a season that might have built the foundation for greater times to come before San Antonio wrapped up the teams' Western Conference semifinal series with a 94-82 victory in Game 6 in front of the 38th consecutive sellout in Oakland.
"Sometimes one of the best statements you can make is to fight," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "This is a group that will fight when its tank is on empty and the light is blinking bright. I truly believe that's exactly what took place. Guys battled, guys gave me everything they had, and we fought."
The Spurs had won nine of their past 10 Game 6s when leading a series 3-2, including six straight on the road. And like it had done so many times, San Antonio methodically thwarted every run the injured and fatigued Warriors tried to mount.
Curry had 22 points, going 2-for-8 from behind the three-point arc on a badly sprained left ankle. Andrew Bogut could force his surgically repaired left ankle to hobble through only 5:44 in the second half.