Spurs play regulars, beat Warriors
Tony Parker had 28 points and seven assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 19 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 113-100 on Tuesday night.
The defending NBA champions played their aging Big Three — Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan — on consecutive nights to pull off California’s most difficult back-to-back. The Spurs rallied past the Clippers 89-85 on Monday in Los Angeles before cooling off one of the league’s hottest teams in Oakland.
Klay Thompson scored 29 points, and Harrison Barnes had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who have lost two straight after a 5-0 start under new coach Steve Kerr.
San Antonio got a big boost from its bench and limited mistakes with the kind of all-around game that has defined the franchise for more than a decade.
The Spurs’ reserves outscored the Warriors’ bench 40-20. San Antonio also forced 20 turnovers and committed only eight, offsetting a night when the Warriors outshot San Antonio 54.3 percent to 49.5 percent.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich often rests his veterans at least one game when playing back-to-back days. The team issued a statement early Tuesday calling Duncan and Ginobili questionable to play because they might rest.
Instead, Popovich played his regulars — and they delivered.
Duncan had 12 points and 13 rebounds in 36 minutes. Ginobili scored 17 points in 26 minutes, and Parker shot 11 of 17 from the floor in 30 minutes to pace San Antonio’s stellar performance.
San Antonio held Stephen Curry to 16 points, and Golden State’s star guard was 0 for 7 from 3-point range, ending his streak of 75 straight games with at least one make from beyond the arc.
The Spurs controlled the game most of the way until a brief run by the Warriors sliced San Antonio’s lead to six in the fourth quarter. Parker answered for the Spurs by converting a three-point play over Curry and followed with a 3-pointer to stretch San Antonio’s lead to 108-96 with 1:52 to play.