If the Golden State Warriors want to avoid starting this season with five straight losses, they’re going to have to win in San Antonio for the first time in nearly eight years.
Golden State continues a stretch of playing four road games in six days when it meets the Spurs for the first time this season.
The Warriors opened their first season under coach Mike Montgomery with three poor performances at home. They averaged just 80.3 points in losses to Portland, Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Golden State put on a better offensive showing Monday in the first game of its trip, but still remained winless on the season with a 101-98 overtime defeat to the Dallas Mavericks.
Jason Richardson forced the extra period with a 3-pointer from the corner despite being double-teamed with 12 seconds left in regulation, but his 3-pointer from the top of the key hit the front of the rim as time expired in overtime.
“Coming close is no consolation,” Richardson said. “It could be ugly, it could be pretty, we don’t care. We’re searching for a victory.”
During 18 years as Stanford’s coach, Montgomery had just one losing season. He didn’t lose more than four games in three of his last five seasons before taking over the Warriors, who haven’t reached the playoffs since 1994.
“I don’t like losing, but we are in this together,” Montgomery said. “It’s hard every time you lose. You second-guess yourself. … If the effort is there, we can live with that.”
The Warriors will need a tremendous effort in San Antonio, where they’ve lost 13 straight since a 108-94 win on Feb. 14, 1997.
“It was just a bad day,” Duncan said. “All they did was stay in front of me. I just couldn’t make shots.”
STANDINGS (through Nov. 8): Warriors - 5th place, 3 1/2 GB, Pacific Division. Spurs - 2nd place, 1 1/2 GB, Southwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Warriors - Richardson, 16.0 ppg; Murphy, 7.5 rpg; Speedy Claxton, 6.0 apg. Spurs - Duncan, 24.3 ppg and 13.3 rpg; Parker, 5.3 apg.
2003-04 SEASON SERIES: 2-2.
LAST MEETING: March 15; Warriors, 97-80. At Oakland, Calif., Richardson scored 22 points and Dunleavy added 19 to help the Warriors snap a season-high nine-game losing streak. Parker had 29 points for the Spurs, who played without the injured Duncan in getting swept in Oakland for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Warriors - 0-1 on the road. Spurs - 1-0 at home.