The last time the San Antonio Spurs played the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, they won despite not having Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, or Manu Ginobli.
It was dejá vù all over again on Saturday night, as the Spurs, with Parker but sans Duncan and Ginboli, defeated the Warriors 99-90. San Antonio showed its depth and its consistent style of play under coach Gregg Popovich, as five players scored in double-digits in a well-balanced attack.
Tony Parker led the way with 20 points, but it was Tiago Splitter, with 17 points and 14 rebounds, who hurt the Warriors inside. Danny Green, who finished with 18, hit the “dagger” shot, a three-pointer that put the Spurs ahead 94-82 with 2:17 to play
The Warriors got off to a slow start, finishing the first quarter down by 10, but played well in the second and early stages of the third to take a brief lead. However, the Spurs put together a mini-run late in the third, taking advantage of the Warriors’ bench unit and went up 76-69 heading into the fourth, where they then put the hammer on the Warriors. San Antonio did not allow the Warriors to go on any sort of run and get the crowd into the game, instead clamping down with solid defense to seal the deal.
Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 20 points. Klay Thompson had 16, while David Lee finished with 13, but had to leave the game in the fourth due to an apparent hamstring injury.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 40.3% (31-77)
- Three-point percentage: 20.0% (3-15)
- Rebounds: 54
- Assists: 21
- Turnovers: 18
- Bench points: 35
- Field-goal percentage: 39.3% (35-89)
- Three-point percentage: 35.7% (10-28)
- Rebounds: 40
- Assists: 24
- Turnovers: 11
- Bench points: 23
Quote of the Game
And the Mark Jackson cliché of the day is….
Mark Jackson: “Disappointing loss. It’ll make us better. Hopefully we see them later down the road.”
— Jordan Ramirez (@JRAM_91) March 23, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors have five (5!) days off before facing the Grizzlies next Friday at home.
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