Spurs Continue Home Domination of Warriors
San Antonio 92, Golden State 75
SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 25 (Ticker) -- The Golden State Warriors succeeded in holding Tim Duncan to nine points. But they still failed to win in San Antonio.
Centers Nazr Mohammed and Rasho Nesterovic compensated for Duncan's off night, combining for 25 points and 20 rebounds as the Spurs rolled to a 92-75 victory over Golden State.
Saturday's game was no exception despite the fact that Duncan, San Antonio's leading scorer and rebounder, made just 4-of-17 shots from the field.
But the Warriors received little from their leading scorer Jason Richardson as well. Bruce Bowen had plenty to do with that.
Richardson, who scored a season-high 39 points in a loss at Houston on Friday, was shadowed by Bowen, one of the league's premier defensive players, and finished with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
"Obviously, Jason would have been fine if we would have extended his minutes," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said of playing Richardson for 27 1/2 minutes. "We have lost a little bit of confidence and the Spurs are not a good team to try and get your confidence back because they are a great basketball team."
Meanwhile, Bowen scored eight of his 14 points in the first quarter when the Spurs built a 28-14 lead. Golden State shot just 27 percent in the period.
"I'm getting good shots right now," Bowen said. "That is nothing different from any other time in the regular season because it is part of our offense. We swing the ball to the open guy. A lot of times that open guy just happens to be me."
Tony Parker hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play and Manu Ginobili hit a basket in the final 3:58 of the second quarter to help the Spurs increase their advantage to 54-35 at halftime.
San Antonio built its biggest lead at 61-39 on a basket by Duncan with 9:58 left in the third quarter.
Richardson then scored five points to spark a 14-6 run, pulling the Warriors within 67-53 with 4:57 remaining in the third quarter.
But Bowen converted a 3-pointer and Nesterovic scored inside with 3:37 left in the quarter.
A pair of free throws by Mohammed with 8:36 remaining in the fourth quarter increased the lead to 83-62.
"Nazr and Rasho were good working together at the center position and Bruce did his usual job on defense," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It was a good team win all the way around."
Rookie Monta Ellis converted a pair of free throws to pull the Warriors within 87-74 with 3:04 remaining, but Bowen connected on a 3-pointer from the left sideline to seal the win.
"I felt pretty good out there," said Ellis, who finished with 16 points. "I just need to keep doing what I'm doing and then the game will come to me."