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SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs continue to win big and to rest
players, and the limited minutes are starting to show in the revival of
Tim Duncans game.
Tony Parker had 18 points and eight assists and Duncan had 15 points and
eight rebounds and San Antonio rolled to a 111-90 victory over the
Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, extending the Spurs franchise
record winning streak to 19 games.
"Theyre playing amazing right now," Golden State guard Stephen Curry
said. "Thats the best in the league right now."
San Antonio (59-16) extended its league-leading record to four games
over the Thunder (54-19) ahead of their matchup Thursday night in
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was able to rest his core players with his
team leading by as many as 26 points and never trailing after the
opening three minutes.
"Our minutes stayed low and its just like Pop likes it, so well see what
happens tomorrow (against Oklahoma City)," Duncan said.
Duncan played only 20 minutes and Parker 28. Both sat out the entire
After struggling with his outside shot for much of the season, Duncan is
regaining his soft touch just in time for San Antonios 17th consecutive
He finished 7 for 11 from the field, including 6-for-7 shooting in the
first half on a series of soft jumpers, bank shots and a dunk.
"The Big Dog is always a key for us," Spurs reserve post Jeff Ayres
said. "We pretty much go as he goes. If hes hooping like that, it just
lifts everybody up. It opens everything up for everybody else."
Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills scored 13 points apiece, Marco Belinelli
had 12 and Kawhi Leonard 11.
San Antonio swept the four-game season series against Golden State and
has won 31 straight at home against the Warriors, the Spurs longest
active winning streak against any team.
Klay Thompson finished with 15 points and Stephen Curry 11 for Golden
State, which was playing on the second night of back-to-back games.
The "Splash Brothers" struggled offensively, especially in the first
half against San Antonios perpetual motion.
"Just the way they move the ball," Curry said. "It seems like theyre
always on the attack. They force you to make decisions on both ends of
Marreese Speights scored 22 points and fellow reserve Jordan Crawford
added 16 points for Golden State.
With the Warriors missing Andrew Bogut, David Lee and Festus p;Ezeli,
Speights provided the team with a needed boost inside. Jordan Cameron Browns Jersey. He was 10 for 16 from field and had nine rebounds in 30 minutes.
"Coach keeps giving me a chance, and Im just trying to make the best out
of it," Speights said. "Coach is a good coach and he finds guys and
gets the best out of them."
Popovich found a way to do the same after screaming for a timeout 69
seconds into the game after a turnover and missed 21-foot jumper by
Duncan put San Antonio in a 4-0 hole.
San Antonio responded to their coachs directions with a 14-2 run as
Parker and Duncan essentially turned the teams fluid ball movement into a
Duncan made his next four attempts on a tip follow, dunk, reverse layup
and baby hook. Parker assisted on two of Duncans baskets and made a
3-foot jumper, two free throws and finished with a layup and a 14-6 lead
with 6:46 remaining.
"We didnt get off to a quick start," Duncan said. "For the first couple
of minutes we were kind of sputtering out of there, but we got some
shots to go. (We got) some stops to go and kind of got ourselves a lead
After shooting a combined 5 for 13 in opening half, the "Splash
Brothers" found their range in the third quarter to rally Golden State.
They opened the quarter shooting 4 for 6, with Thompson hitting a pair
of 3-pointers and Curry adding his only one of the game.
Thompsons second 3-pointer pulled Golden State within 71-61 with 6:23
remaining in the third. Speights hit a pair of free throws to cut the
lead to 74-67 with 4:30 remaining.
San Antonio responded as it has throughout its winning streak, using
player and ball movement to close the quarter on a 16-6 run following
"Theyre pros," Popovich said. "They just kept playing. They tried to be
solid. Theres going to be runs in a 48-minute NBA game. With all the
possessions, youre not going usually keep a lead like that. (Warriors)
made a run and we responded well."
NOTES: San Antonio has not lost at home to Golden State since a 108-94
defeat on Feb. 14, 1997. ... Spurs F Matt Bonner (right calf strain), F
Austin Daye (mild left lat strain) and C Aron Baynes (fractured right
rib) did not play, leaving the Spurs with only Duncan, Splitter and
Jeff Ayres standing 6-foot-9 or taller. Popovich is unsure when Bonner
will return. ... San Antonio Express-News writer Mike Monroe received
the Phil Jasner lifetime achievement award from the Professional
Basketball Writers Association.