Spurs Top Warriors For Sixth Straight Win
San Antonio 89, Golden State 86
OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 2 (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs lacked their usual spark but still managed to come away with a victory.
Tony Parker scored 23 points and Manu Ginobili added 18 as the Spurs tied a season high with their sixth consecutive win, an 89-86 triumph over the Golden State Warriors.
"We're still searching and trying to get to the level we were last year," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "We're not there yet, obviously, but we're finding ways to win and it's always fun to win on the road so we feel good about that."
"We're playing better since that loss against Detroit (on Jan. 12)," Parker said. "It was a good wake-up call and we're playing better basketball. We're improving and the last couple of years, we always use the month of February to come together and get some tough wins on the road and hopefully we can do the same thing this year."
Bruce Bowen hit a 3-pointer and Parker made a jumper and a layup to put the Spurs on top, 81-76, with 6:11 left. Golden State responded with Derek Fisher's jumper and Mike Dunleavy Jr.'s three-point play in a 6-1 run to tie the game, 82-82, with 3:58 to play.
After Rasho Nesterovic made a jumper for San Antonio and Murphy sank an 18-footer for the Warriors, Duncan hit a free throw and a jumper with 1:44 to play for an 87-84 advantage.
"I ran a pick and roll with Manu and he threw it back to me," Duncan said. "I was wide open and saw there (were) 10 seconds on the shot clock so I didn't want to take the shot then. I wanted to run the shot clock down a little more and got a shot off and just got a good bounce and it came right back to me."
Baron Davis made a long jumper with his foot on the 3-point line, cutting the deficit to 87-86 with 34 seconds remaining. After Duncan made two foul shots with 10 seconds left, Fisher and Mickael Pietrus missed shots from the arc before time expired.
"Every team gives us a big battle and gives us good games," Parker said. "I think it's a good game for us to play under pressure. What we have to do down the stretch is get stops and make sure we execute on offense and I thought ... we did a good job of it."
Duncan scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Nesterovic had 12 and 10 in his first double-double of the season for the Spurs, who are 10-3 in games decided by less than six points this season.
Allowing an average of 78.3 points during their winning streak, the Spurs get five days off before continuing the road trip in Toronto.
"Whenever you are in a good streak, feeling good about yourself, you like to keep playing," Ginobili said. "But it's good to have a break after the back-to-back (games). We were kind of tired today, so its good to have a couple of days off."
"I'm looking forward to some time off," Duncan said. "Good for some recovery both physically and mentally, get away from the game for a couple of days will be great."
Murphy scored 22 points, Davis had 17 and Dunleavy 13 for Golden State, which has lost five straight against the Spurs and six of seven overall.
"We played really hard," Murphy said. "That was a team that came in here and spanked us on our home court by 30 at some point in that game (Nov. 23) and we came in off a back-to-back and played hard. If we play like that, we're going to be just fine."
"We've said that a bunch this season and it's a false sense of security but tonight we really played the game well and played it the right way and came up a rebound or two short," Dunleavy said. "If we can move on from this and build, it's a good thing."