SAN ANTONIO (AP)—San Antonio was back at its defensive finest against winless Golden State.
The Spurs held the Warriors to 33 percent shooting from the field in rolling to a 91-71 victory Wednesday night. Golden State trailed by double figures much of the game in losing its fifth straight game.
It was a far cry from a poor defensive effort in a 113-94 loss to Seattle on Sunday.
“It was a complete defensive effort,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We sustained it pretty well. That got us a win against a team that is trying to find its way and is playing hard.”
The Spurs needed a late push to put Golden State away. The Warriors closed within seven points at the start of the fourth quarter, but were held scoreless over a five-minute span.
“I thought we executed a lot better,” Spurs center Tim Duncan said. “Defensively we were solid. We came out in the first half aggressively and that’s what we wanted to do.”
Duncan had 23 points and 18 rebounds and Manu Ginobili added 22 points to lead the Spurs.
Duncan had eight points, nine rebounds and four of his five blocks in the first quarter alone as the Spurs took a 23-12 lead.
Golden State took advantage of early foul trouble on Tony Parker to cut the lead to 25-21 with a 9-2 run to start the second quarter.
With Parker on the bench, Golden State point guard Speedy Claxton scored five points in that run against Spurs rookie Beno Udrih. Mike Wilks took Udrih’s spot in the rotation for the remainder of the first half as the Spurs extended their lead to 15.
“We had some opportunities to capitalize, but tonight wasn’t one of them,” Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. “We had three games we could have won. As a result we dug ourselves into a hole and now it’s going to be difficult.”
Derek Fisher’s first game against San Antonio in a Golden State uniform was far less heartbreaking for the Spurs than his last visit to this city. Fisher had only two points in his first game in San Antonio since hitting the game-winning basket for the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of last season’s Western Division semifinals.
The Spurs didn’t give Fisher or any of the Warriors a chance for a game-winning shot Wednesday.
Fisher, who was booed heavily each time he entered the game, was 1-of-5 from the field with two turnovers.
“It was a tough loss for us,” Fisher said. “I didn’t want to get too emotional for tonight’s game, but when the fans give you a nice welcome like that, it’s hard not to. When they boo you, that means they respect you.”
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich picked up the 399th victory of his career, all with San Antonio. … Duncan doubled his missed free throw total for the season by going 5-of-12 from the line. Duncan entered the game having made 23 of 30. … Golden State has not started 0-5 since 1998-99. … It was the 405th career double-double for Duncan.