Spurs beat Warriors 95-88 behind Duncan
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — It's been 16 years since the Warriors won in San Antonio. That means Tim Duncan has been a winner in every home game he's ever played against Golden State, and he wasn't about to let that change Friday night.
Duncan had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs held off Golden State 95-88 on Friday night to extend their home winning streak to 14 games.
The Warriors have lost 28 straight games in San Antonio, the longest current road drought for one NBA team against another.
"Don't say that. Why do you say that?" Spurs guard Tony Parker said, joking about jinxing the streak. "We don't really pay attention to those stats because every year is different, every team is different. Golden State is for real. They are a really, really good team. It's going to be tough against them."
The last time the Warriors won in San Antonio was 108-94 on Feb. 14, 1997. Four months later, the Spurs selected Duncan with the top pick in the NBA draft.
Parker added 25 points and eight assists for San Antonio (31-11), an NBA-best 18-2 at home. Tiago Splitter added 19 points and nine rebounds, and Danny Green scored 13.
"It was another tough game with playoff intensity," Parker said. "It was very physical and they are a very good team. They are playing very well and they played very hard tonight."
David Lee had 22 points, Klay Thompson added 21 and Jarrett Jack 20 for Golden State (23-15).
After winning their previous 13 home games by an average of 16 points, the Spurs needed a late surge to extend their streak.
San Antonio closed the game on a 9-4 run after Harrison Barnes' jumper pulled Golden State to 86-84 with 5 minutes left.
"They made some tough plays," Warriors coach Marc Jackson said. "They have a history of doing just that. I'm disappointed in the loss, but at the same time I really like the way my team got after it."
The Spurs needed to finish strong after an uncharacteristic lack of execution for much of the game.
After San Antonio failed to get a clean shot to close the first half, coach Gregg Popovich watched in dismay with his hands on his face as Jack dribbled the length of the court for a layup with 1.9 seconds left in the third.
Popovich yelled at Green, among others, for failing to stop the dribble.
"I think our defense kept us out of it in the beginning," Duncan said. "They were playing very well (and) shooting the ball really well. We weren't making the right rotations, we weren't contesting shots, but we cleaned it up a little bit. We found something that worked and that definitely took us over the top."
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