The Warriors spotted the Spurs 15 points and trailed Wednesday's marquee matchup in San Antonio 26-5 midway through the first quarter.
That's when Golden State coach Steve Kerr finally got his guys to settle down and play their brand of basketball.
The result was a 110-98 Warriors victory as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson led the comeback.
The Warriors trailed 57-54 at halftime, but began the third quarter on an 8-0 run to grab their first lead, which seemed improbable an hour earlier.
Curry scored a game-high 29 points while Thompson added 23 points as Curry dished out 11 assists.
"You hate to start off that way, but we had to understand the things we were doing well and hopefully turn it around," Curry told ESPN.
The Spurs (57-17) were hoping to catch the Warriors (61-14) for the NBA's best record and the top seed in the Western Conference. But the Warriors made a huge statement as the NBA's best team by winning at San Antonio without All-Star forward Kevin Durant, whose knee injury will be re-evaluated next week.
"We're on the right track," Curry said. "We're not going to win a championship with this game, but we're getting better before the playoffs."
Studs of the night
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook recorded his 38th triple-double of the season in the Thunder's 114-106 overtime victory over the Magic. Westbrook set an NBA record for most points scored in a triple-double with 57 points to go with 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
An honorable mention goes to Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who dropped 30 points and pulled down 13 boards to lead New Orleans to a 121-118 win over the visiting Mavericks. Davis is the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000 to have at least 30 points and 13 rebounds in four straight games.
Dud of the night
The Knicks (28-47) were officially eliminated from playoff contention with Wednesday's 105-88 loss to the Heat and Carmelo Anthony did little to prevent the defeat. Anthony scored just 9 points, 13 below his season average, on 4-of-12 shooting and going just 1 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc. He rarely attacked the glass, simply going through the motions, and did not attempt a single free throw.
The Bucks (39-36) remain one of the NBA's hottest teams and were impressive in Wednesday's 103-100 win over the Celtics. While Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 22 points, the dagger came from Malcolm Brogdon, who hitter a contested jumper with 3.9 seconds remaining and finished with 16 points.
Cavaliers (47-26) at Bulls (35-39), 8 p.m. ET — Both teams need this one, but for different reasons. The struggling Cavs are in danger of losing their grasp on the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Celtics right on their heels. The Bulls just hope to get into the field, sitting a game-and-a-half behind the Pacers and Heat for the final playoff spots in the East.