Parker Lifts Spurs Over Warriors 101-95
Gameday: Spurs vs. Warriors - 1.4.12
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker scored the Spurs' final six points Wednesday night, helping lift San Antonio to a 101-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
The Spurs were playing their first game without leading scorer Manu Ginobili, who will have surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to be out at least two months. The Warriors, meanwhile, lost Stephen Curry to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter.
Monta Ellis scored 38 points on 15-of-30 shooting to lead Golden State (2-4). The Warriors led 75-70 entering the fourth quarter. Parker, though, scored 10 points in the fourth quarter for San Antonio (4-2).
Curry hurt his ankle with 2:49 remaining in the third quarter when he appeared to land wrong after jumping. He went to the bench after a timeout but was then escorted to the locker room and never returned.
The Spurs outscored the Warriors 31-20 in the fourth quarter.
The Spurs have won 27 straight games at home against the Warriors, last losing Feb. 14, 1997. San Antonio has defeated Golden State 13 straight times.
Tim Duncan had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs. Richard Jefferson added 17 points and DeJuan Blair had 12 points. James Anderson, who replaced Ginobili in the starting lineup, scored only five points on 2-of-6 shooting.
Curry had 20 points and eight assists before leaving with the injury, and David Lee had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Ginobili tweeted Wednesday that he'll have a plate screwed onto his shooting hand Thursday. He broke his fifth metacarpal, below his pinkie, during the second quarter of a loss at Minnesota on Monday night.
"Not thrilled," tweeted Ginobili, who's averaging 17.4 points per game.
Ginobili injured his hand in the season's fifth game when he fouled Anthony Tolliver as he jumped to shoot the ball.
"Six to eight weeks is the most common things that's been thrown around, so I assume that's what it is unless the docs figure out differently tomorrow," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
NOTES: The Warriors announced before the game that they have signed veteran guard Nate Robinson. Robinson, the 5-foot-9, three-time NBA Slam Dunk Champion, was released Dec. 24 by the Thunder. He'll suit up for the Warriors on Friday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers. . The Spurs beefed up their frontcourt by signing former lottery pick Ike Diogu. Diogu, who was picked ninth in the 2005 draft by the Warriors, appeared in 36 games for the Clippers last season. The 6-8, 250-pound forward averaged 5.8 points and 3.2 rebounds. . Lee missed the Warriors' previous game with food poisoning. . Duncan picked up a technical foul with 8:47 remaining for arguing with the refs.
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