OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—Tony Parker sprawled on the court while his shot trickled through the hoop. After scoring a career-high 35 points, making countless clutch plays and logging 99 minutes over the last two nights, Parker wasn’t sure he wanted to get back up again.
“I was done,” he said. “If we’d gone to a third overtime, it would have been tough. Big cramps.”
Luckily for Parker’s legs and San Antonio’s postseason hopes, Golden State couldn’t match the point guard’s layup with 2.9 seconds left. The Spurs snapped the Warriors’ eight-game winning streak with their second double-overtime win in two nights, 136-134 Sunday night.
The NBA’s highest-scoring game this season was dominated by Parker’s scintillating duel wtih Baron Davis, who had 38 points, nine assists and two last-second shots to force both overtimes. But Parker, who had 12 assists, delivered the last blow to snap Golden State’s longest winning streak in 10 years.
Playing without ailing starters Manu Ginobili, Rasho Nesterovic and Tim Duncan, the Spurs still hung on for their fourth victory in five games when Bruce Bowen and Robert Horry jarred the ball away from Mike Dunleavy shortly before time expired. Dunleavy screamed for a foul while the Spurs celebrated.
San Antonio, which beat the Los Angeles Clippers 125-124 on Saturday night, is the first team to win back-to-back double-overtime games since the Vancouver Grizzlies did it on Feb. 16-17, 1999—and though Nazr Mohammed, Brent Barry and even Glenn Robinson also came up big, the Spurs owed it to Parker.
“Tony was just stupendous as a leader,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Both teams showed a lot of character. Both played aggressively at both ends. Where (the players) got the energy to keep going out there, I have no idea.”
Davis finished two points shy of his career high, but the Warriors scored just two points in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the second overtime in their first loss since March 23. Jason Richardson had 23 points, but his last-second heave after corralling Dunleavy’s fumbled pass fell well short.
“It hurts bad, because we did everything we were supposed to do, and they just kept fighting,” Davis said. “We had some mental mistakes at the end of the game. Maybe it was fatigue, who knows? It cost us the game.”
Ginobili, who scored 40 points against the Clippers, sat out with a stomach virus, while Nesterovic and Duncan were sidelined by sprained ankles. Nesterovic, hurt in the third quarter in Los Angeles, was placed on the injured list before the game and could be out until the playoffs.
Horry, Bowen and Barry scored 17 points apiece, and Mohammed had 19 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out in the first overtime. Robinson had 12 points, including a key jumper with 1:38 left in the second OT, in his most extensive playing time since signing with San Antonio last week.
The Spurs moved within one game of Phoenix for the NBA’s best record. Though injuries are making it tough, San Antonio hasn’t given up on catching the Suns for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs—and Duncan, the two-time MVP, should be back this week, further boosting their hopes.
“That’s why nobody gave up tonight,” Parker said. “We want to hang around and try to get that first place if we can.”
Golden State had an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Parker led the Spurs’ rally with six points in the final two minutes of regulation. The clubs combined for 22 points in those frantic minutes—and after Parker hit a go-ahead jumper with 5.9 seconds left, Davis forced overtime with a layup around two defenders as time expired.
“He did a little teardrop. He’s watched me play too much,” Parker said with a laugh.
San Antonio led 127-123 with 90 seconds left in the first OT, but Davis tied it at 130 on a three-point play with 20.4 seconds left. Parker missed a long jumper with 5 seconds to play, but Dunleavy’s running one-handed shot at the buzzer rattled in and out.
With the score tied at 134, Bowen missed a shot with 18 seconds left—but Dunleavy stepped out of bounds with the rebound. Parker dribbled past Derek Fisher through the lane and threw in a left-handed layup.
“It’s a game of inches,” Dunleavy said. “I thought I was going to come down inbounds, and I had … probably the edge of my shoe on the line, and it’s just how it works. Unfortunately, those inches didn’t go our way tonight.
Adonal Foyle had 15 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out for the Warriors, who still have won 11 of their last 13 games. Golden State nearly had its longest winning streak since winning 10 straight in December 1975.
The game featured 19 lead changes and 13 ties. … The clubs surpassed the total points in Phoenix’s 136-128 victory over Utah on Feb. 14. … The Spurs had lost six straight road games before these victories. … “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria, who’s dating Parker, attended the game in a Spurs cap.