Notebook: Spurs 102, Warriors 92



Posted May 11, 2013 2:45 AM

By Geoff Lepper, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Tony Parker scored a game-high 32 points and added five assists and five rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs wrested back home-court advantage from the Golden State Warriors with a 102-92 win Friday in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who held the hot-shooting Warriors to just 39.3 percent from the floor to take a 2-1 series lead.

Warriors star Stephen Curry was limited to 16 points on 5-for-17 shooting night before re-spraining his left ankle -- initially injured April 23 during Game 2 of Golden State's first-round series against Denver -- midway through the fourth quarter, putting his status for Game 4 on Sunday afternoon in question.

QUOTABLE: "It's a huge win. It was a must-win situation, on the road, in one of the best arenas in the NBA. . . . I thought our team was very focused. By far our best game in the series. The first two games, we didn't play well enough. Got lucky in the first one. The second one, they kicked our butt. Tonight, we played a lot more physical, a lot better defense. On offense, we moved the ball. Hopefully, we can do it again."

-- Tony Parker

THE STAT: Prior to tipoff, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich joked that he was open to suggestions from the media regarding how to raise his team's shooting percentage, which sat at 41.8 percent after the series' first two games. He didn't need any outside help, however, to turn that equation on its head. In the end, San Antonio finished at 50.6 percent, more than 10 points better than Golden State.

TURNING POINT: Golden State opened the fourth quarter with nine consecutive points to cut San Antonio's lead to one, but the Spurs responded by reeling off an 11-1 spurt of their own, starting with back-to-back 3-pointers from Danny Green -- his first points of the game -- and Parker. San Antonio led 90-79 by the time is was over, and the Warriors never got closer than five points after that.

HOT: It's hard to overshadow a five-time All-Star, but Parker had clearly been the second fiddle among point guards in this series during the first two games -- and he made sure to change that during the first half, throwing down 25 of San Antonio's 57 points. The Warriors had pushed Parker hard to his left in the first two games, but he hit four of his first five shots Friday to beat that overplay, opening up the rest of the floor for him and his teammates.

QUOTABLE II: "Sometimes, he gets a little obsessed about driving it and getting to the rim. When he does that, he turns down open jumpers and he forgets to play with teammates. But when he's like tonight, like he's played most of the season, he'll stop, shoot the open jumper, he'll get his share of assists, and that's what we need him to be. He's a scoring point guard, but he has to do it with the jump shot as well as a drive. He did that tonight."

-- Gregg Popovich on Parker

NOT: Jarrett Jack has often carried the Warriors in the fourth quarter this season, taking and hitting big shots galore. Friday, he was more of their undoing late. After Golden State closed the gap to five points with 2:30 left, Jack played some matador defense on Parker, tossed up an airball at the shot-clock buzzer and finally tossed a pass directly to Manu Ginobili.

QUESTIONABLE: Curry rolled over his left ankle -- not the surgically repaired right one -- as he curled to the top of the key with just less than five minutes remaining in the game. He stayed in the contest, waving off the bench's offer of help, but missed his only shot after that point. Curry left the arena without taking questions from the media, and there were varying reports as to the amount he was limping while walking from the locker room to the stadium exit. Parker, meanwhile, was also gimpy after getting kicked in the left calf during the fourth quarter; he said he would get treatment throughout the night to try to be ready for Sunday's early tipoff.

GOOD MOVE: After watching Curry and Klay Thompson run rampant in the series' first two games, San Antonio found a way to stop both. The Spurs committed their best perimeter defender, Kawhi Leonard, to the assignment of shutting down Thompson, and hedged with their big men on every screen, to the point of practically doubling Curry. The tactic worked because San Antonio's rotations were good enough to keep Andrew Bogut, the Warrior most often left uncovered, from making the visitors pay too dearly. Bogut, slowed by foul trouble, had 11 points but only one assist despite his passing skills.

MOTIVATIONAL MOVE: Warriors coach Mark Jackson brought David Lee in at the first stoppage of the second quarter, ensuring that the All-Star forward -- who suffered a torn right hip flexor three weeks ago in Golden State's first postseason game and had only played 2 minutes since -- would receive a raucous ovation when he was announced. Lee provided six points and two rebounds in three minutes before Jackson called a 20-second timeout to get him off the floor.

BAD MOVE: Tiago Splitter was finally healthy enough to start for San Antonio, but his work opening up the fourth quarter was dire, tossing ill-advised turnovers on back-to-back possessions to help fuel the Warriors' run.

ROOKIE WATCH: Draymond Green's magical ride through the playoffs hit a speed bump, with a 2-for-7 night from the floor en route to six points and three boards.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Former Warriors great Rick Barry and comedian Dave Chappelle were among those wearing yellow T-shirts in the Oracle Arena stands. Chappelle received the louder greeting when they were shown on the giant in-house TVs.

NOTABLE: Parker now has 14 career 30-point postseason performances. San Antonio are 12-2 in those games. . . . This was the Warriors' first home loss of the 2013 postseason. . . . Curry had a game-high eight assists. . . . Thompson led the Warriors with 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

UP NEXT: Game 4, Sunday @ Golden State (3:30 p.m. ET); Game 5, Tuesday @ San Antonio (9:30 p.m. ET); Game 6, Thursday @ Golden State, if necessary (TBA).