The Spurs have defeated Golden State four consecutive times and are 27-4 against the Warriors since the start of Tim Duncan’s 1997-98 rookie season.
San Antonio improved to 2-0 on its current eight-game road trip with an 86-82 win Wednesday at Portland. A long February road trip is an annual event for the Spurs when the rodeo comes to town. San Antonio is 21-4 on the swing since 2003.
Duncan had 14 points and 17 rebounds Wednesday for his 34th double-double, second in the league to Shawn Marion of Phoenix. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 22 points and Tony Parker added 20, but defense was the key as San Antonio held the Trail Blazers to 37 percent shooting from the field.
“We had ups and downs but we played solid defensively in the fourth quarter and fought through to get the win,” Duncan said.
Nick Van Exel (elbow) and Robert Horry (abdominal strain) both missed Wednesday’s game. Van Exel, who played for the Warriors in 2003-04, was booed each time he touched the ball in the Spurs’ 113-89 victory Nov. 23 at Golden State.
The Warriors have dropped five of their last six games and are 3-10 since the New Year. They’ve fallen 2 1/2 games behind New Orleans for the final Western Conference playoff spot after opening the season 17-14.
Golden State led Seattle 62-56 at halftime Wednesday, but made only two of 21 field goal attempts in a season-low nine-point third quarter. The Warriors trailed 85-71 heading into the fourth quarter and wound up losing 111-107.
“We just settled on shooting 3s,” said Mike Montgomery after receiving the first ejection of his 28-year NBA and college coaching career. “We got stagnant and the ball wasn’t going down. It’s one of those deals where we’ve got to drive the ball instead of settling for the 3.”
Baron Davis led Golden State with a season-high 35 points, but was only 1-for-7 from the floor in the pivotal third quarter.
“That was no small lapse,” he said.
Davis had nine assists on the night, snapping a string of four straight games with 10 or more. In his last four contests, the point guard is averaging 29.8 points and 11.3 assists. The Spurs held Davis to a season-low six points in their Nov. 23 meeting.
The Warriors play their next three games at The Arena in Oakland, where they have won just four of their last 13 games after going 8-3 in their first 11.