OAKLAND, Calif., April 10 (Ticker) --
Despite the absence of their
two best players and undoubted fatigue, the San Antonio Spurs
rode Tony Parker
to within striking distance of the league's
Parker scored a career-high 35 points, including a driving layup
with 2.9 seconds remaining to lift the Spurs to their second
consecutive double-overtime victory, an exciting 136-134 triumph
over the Golden State Warriors.
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Already without star Tim Duncan
, the Spurs were without their
other All-Star, Manu Ginobili
, because of a stomach virus.
Prior to the game, they had to place starting center Rasho Nesterovic
on the injured list with a strained left ankle.
"It's amazing," Spurs center Nazr Mohammed
said. "It shows a
lot of character having so many injured players and still
getting the win. It will build confidence going into the
Making matters worse was that the Spurs needed two extra
sessions Saturday to best the Los Angeles Clippers, 125-124.
"I thought we really should have won," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery
said. "I have to give a lot of credit to San Antonio
coming off back-to-back double overtime games. That's why
they've won championships and why they win games. They have a
good group of guys who know how to compete."
Sunday's win moved San Antonio (57-20) within one-half game of
Phoenix for the NBA's best record while the Golden State had its
season-high eight-game winning streak halted.
"We're going to try to get first place (overall) even if we're
shorthanded," Parker said. "We're going to fight until the end
and see what happens. We're not giving up."
In this one, Parker made the most of the second chance afforded
to him by Mike Dunleavy
, who stepped out of bounds after
grabbing a defensive rebound with 16 seconds left in the second
overtime. Parker then ran the clock, drove down the lane and
floated a left-handed layup over Baron Davis
"Tony was just stupendous as a leader," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich
said. "He played all those minutes, and came in and
ran the show very well. He played a great game. Both teams
really showed a lot of character. Both played aggressively at
both ends. Where they got the energy to keep going out there, I
have no idea."
"It's a game of inches and the shot almost went in and coming
down with that rebound, I was right there," Dunleavy said. "I
thought I was going to come down in bounds and I had probably
the edge of my shoe on the line and it's just how it works.
Unfortunately, those inches didn't go our way tonight."
The Spurs were down, 93-82, early in the fourth when Brent Barry
-- who was in the lineup for Ginobili -- scored eight of his 17
points in a 12-2 burst that cut the deficit to one point.
Davis then began his amazing fourth quarter, where he scored 14
of his 38 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Parker seemed to answer
every time and in the final 2½ minutes of regulation, Davis
and Parker accounted for 18 of the 24 points scored between the
"(Davis) is a great player, great point guard and he gets
everybody involved," Parker said. "It was a great matchup
tonight, I had a lot of fun competing against him. To come here
and win after two overtimes with the Clippers, shorthanded,
showed a lot character. We didn't want to give up. We just
tried to stay close and win the game."
"We could have won and we didn't, but we just have to bounce
back," Davis said. "That's what NBA basketball is all about and
you just have to tip your hat to San Antonio. They're champions.
They've been there and they know how to win. We're still
learning and growing."
Parker gave San Antonio a 117-115 lead on a jumper over Davis
with 5.9 seconds left in regulation, but Davis answered by
driving through a crowd of defenders to level the contest as
time expired. The two continued their battle in the first
overtime by combining for 11 more.
However, Parker missed a pull-up jumper with 3.3 seconds
remaining in the first overtime. Dunleavy had a chance to win
it for Golden State, but his runner rimmed out as time expired.
Mohammed collected 19 points and 15 rebounds -- 10 offensive --
starting in the place of Nesterovic, while Robert Horry
and Bruce Bowen
added 17 points apiece.
"Tonight I played my game, getting the offensive boards, along
with just going out and playing hard," Mohammed said. "It's not
hard, just different from what I'm used to. I have some
tendencies left over and it's difficult to break those and do
what the coach wants here."
The last team to play double-overtime games on back-to-back
nights was the Vancouver Grizzlies on Feb. 16 and 17, 1999,
when they played one double- and one triple-OT game.