Short-handed Spurs outlast Warriors 99-90

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 12:57 am •  Published: March 23, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — No matter the lineup or location, the San Antonio Spurs are rolling through the NBA again this spring, just the way they have for most of the last two decades.

Especially against Golden State.

Tony Parker had 20 points and five assists, Danny Green scored 18 points and the short-handed Spurs outlasted the Warriors 99-90 on Saturday night for their 13th straight victory.

"I guess they believe in themselves and in the system, and they just keep working it. Other than that, I don't really know what to tell you," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They've just got great character. They never give in, and I think they like the challenge when guys are out. They seem to enjoy it."

Tiago Splitter added 17 points and 14 rebounds as the league-leading Spurs (53-16) pulled away with an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter. San Antonio, riding its longest winning streak in seven years, is two games ahead of Oklahoma City for the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.

The Spurs did it even while resting stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. They are 3-0 against Golden State this season, including two wins in Oakland without their regulars, after eliminating the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs last year.

"Everybody stepped up," Parker said. "When somebody's not playing, it's just other guys who will do it. And we trust each other."

Stephen Curry scored 20 points to go with six assists and six rebounds, and Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 boards as the Warriors head into a five-day break on a sour note.

The Warriors (44-27) had won three straight but missed a chance to move up in the playoff chase after Portland lost at Charlotte. Golden State is still in sixth place in the West, 1½ games behind the Trail Blazers and 1 ½ ahead of Dallas.

San Antonio has won 51 of the past 59 meetings against the Warriors.

"We made some mistakes. It's a disappointing loss. It'll make us better," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Hopefully we see them down the road again, but there's a reason why they're the best team in basketball."

After wins at the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night and at Sacramento on Friday night, Popovich rested two of his veterans as he so often does throughout the NBA's marathon schedule. Duncan, Ginobili and Parker all sat out San Antonio's 104-102 victory against the Warriors on Dec. 19.

Jackson has been trying to take a similar approach during the season's stretch run, though the wins are not always following. Swingman Andre Iguodala was inactive for the third straight game with tendinitis in his right knee, and backup center Jermaine O'Neal returned after sitting out the previous two games.

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