Spurs 104, Warriors 85

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SAN ANTONIO (AP)—The San Antonio Spurs overcame a slow start against the Golden State Warriors by leaning on their quickest players and a not-so-fast veteran reserve.

San Antonio’s backcourt of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili each scored 21 points Saturday night, including 15 straight in a furious rally in the second quarter, in leading the Spurs to a 104-85 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Spurs guard Brent Barry scored all seven of his points in eight minutes during the quarter to help spark the rally.

Jason Richardson led the Warriors with 22 points, 16 in the first half.

Tim Duncan added 12 points for the Spurs, who extended their winning streak to four games and beat the Warriors for the 15th straight time at home.

“It was a good team effort,” Barry said. “Tony was attacking and penetrating. It was a night that Tim was his normal brilliant self, so it was good to get contributions from everyone else.”

The Spurs had a 21-13 edge in fastbreak points against the quicker Warriors, but only after overcoming a lethargic start for the second consecutive evening.

After a listless first quarter Friday in falling behind New Orleans, San Antonio repeated the effort against Golden State.

The Warriors outworked the Spurs in the first quarter in taking a 27-16 lead. Twelve of the team’s points came off fast breaks or second-chance efforts compared to none for San Antonio. Richardson and Speedy Claxton combined for 15 points in the first.

“They pretty much had our number that first quarter,” Spurs forward Malik Rose said. “They were beating us to every loose ball. They were outhustling us.”

With his team trailing 41-27, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich turned to Barry for a lift. Barry, who played fewer than 10 minutes in four of the team’s previous five games, responded by helping San Antonio go on an 18-2 run.

“Brent was huge,” Parker said. “He brought a lot of energy from the bench. A lot of energy, a couple of baskets. I thought he was great.”

Hailed as the answer to the Spurs’ shooting woes when he signed as a free agent in the offseason, Barry instead entered Saturday’s game shooting 38 percent from the field. He showed why San Antonio was eager to sign him, however, by hitting a 3-pointer on his first attempt and then driving the lane for a short jumper.

“I’m just trying to get out there and help out any way that I can,” Barry said. “To this point in the season I haven’t played like I wanted to, so it’s nice to have 82 games.”

Barry’s two baskets energized Parker and Ginobili, who combined to score the Spurs’ next 15 points. Barry closed the first half with a 20-foot jumper to give San Antonio a 49-45 lead.

“Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker got to the hoop whenever they wanted,” Montgomery said. “They just killed us with their penetration to the basket. At the end of the game you look at Duncan on the bench and he is smiling because his team got another win.”

Parker had nine assists and only three turnovers and Ginobili had six assists and four turnovers.

Claxton finished with 16 points, and Troy Murphy had 17.

Notes

Duncan has led the Spurs or shared the lead in both scoring and rebounding in 18 of their 24 games this season. He has led in rebounds in every game. … The Spurs have been outscored 48-32 in the first quarter the past two games. … There were 12 foreign-born players in the game. San Antonio and Utah have the most foreign-born players at seven each. Golden State and Phoenix are second with five each.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Golden State
J. Richardson J. Richardson
10-19,  22 Pts
10 Rebs, 2 Assists
 San Antonio
T. Parker T. Parker
10-14,  21 Pts
4 Rebs, 9 Assists

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