Short-handed Spurs outlast Warriors 99-90
- Article by: ANTONIO GONZALEZ
- Associated Press
- March 23, 2014 - 12:20 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. — Tony Parker had 20 points and five assists, Danny Green scored 18 points and the short-handed San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Golden State Warriors 99-90 Saturday night for their 13th straight victory.
Tiago Splitter added 17 points and 14 rebounds as the NBA-leading Spurs (53-16) pulled away with an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter. San Antonio, riding its longest winning streak in six years, is two games ahead of Oklahoma City for the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.
The Spurs did it even while resting stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. They are 3-0 against Golden State this season, including two wins in Oakland without their regulars, after eliminating the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs last year.
Stephen Curry scored 20 points to go with six assists and six rebounds, and Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 boards as the Warriors head into a five-day break on a sour note.
The Warriors (44-27) had won three straight but missed a chance to move up in the playoff chase after Portland lost at Charlotte. Golden State is still in sixth place in the West, 1½ games behind the Trail Blazers and 1 ½ ahead of Dallas.
It was the second time this season Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rested some of his regulars and the Spurs still won at Golden State, which has had a tough time against San Antonio regardless of who's in the lineup. Duncan, Ginobili and Parker sat out San Antonio's 104-102 victory against the Warriors on Dec. 19.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been taking a similar approach during the season's stretch run. Swingman Andre Iguodala was inactive for the third straight game with tendinitis in his right knee, and backup center Jermaine O'Neal returned after sitting out the previous two games.
Even with all the lineup changes, Jackson saw the matchup against the Spurs as a "benchmark" for where his team stands. He joked before the game that the Spurs are like a bunch of "old dudes" at a recreational center whipping a group of high school All-Americans because of their smarts and savvy.
And that's just what it looked like at the start.
The Spurs opened the game on a 22-7 run, and after the Warriors moved within four in the fourth quarter, Green's 3-pointer capped an 11-0 spurt that put San Antonio ahead 87-74.
The Warriors made one last run before the Spurs quickly rebounded. Parker spun for a reverse layup and Green came back with another 3 to stretch San Antonio's lead back to 94-92 with 2:18 left, sending most of the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 headed to the exits.
The Spurs showed off all their best attributes early: smothering defense, precision passing and sharp shooting. The Warriors finally found their touch late in the second quarter, when they scored 10 straight points and sliced San Antonio's lead to 50-47 at the half.
The teams traded scores for most of the third quarter, with the Warriors briefly taking a one-point lead. The Spurs put together another brief spurt to go ahead 76-69 entering the fourth quarter.
The last time San Antonio had won 13 in a row was from Feb. 13 to March 13, 2007.
NOTES: Spurs reserve F Matt Bonner also sat out with a strained right calf. ... The Spurs (15-1) and Warriors (13-5) have the most wins in the NBA since the All-Star break. ... The Spurs and Warriors meet for the final time this season April 2 in San Antonio.
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