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Spurs 94, Warriors 82

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tony Parker rebounded from a 1-for-13 start to hit two critical 3-pointers in the final 3:33 Thursday night, and Kawhi Leonard added a third as the San Antonio Spurs broke open a close game late to beat the Golden State Warriors 94-82 and win the Western Conference semifinal series 4-2.

The series victory vaults the Spurs into the Western finals against the Memphis Grizzlies, with the first game scheduled for Sunday in San Antonio. The second-seeded Spurs have the home-court advantage over the fifth-seeded Grizzlies in the best-of-seven series.

The Spurs and Grizzlies split their four-game series in the regular season, each winning twice on its home court.

San Antonio led just 77-75 Thursday and then survived two misses by Warriors star Stephen Curry before scoring 11 of the game's next 15 points to put away a pesky Warriors club that upset the second-seeded Denver Nuggets in the first round.

Parker gave the Spurs a five-point lead when, after Tiago Splitter retrieved an offensive rebound, he took a Manu Ginobili feed all alone in the left corner and swished his first 3-pointer of the game with 3:33 left.

Leonard increased the lead to 82-75 with two free throws on San Antonio's next possession, but the Warriors countered with a bucket and two free throws by Jarrett Jack to close the gap back to three with 2:20 to play.

Leonard doubled the margin with a 3-pointer, and after Klay Thompson and Curry both missed 3s at the other end, Parker found himself open for another 3 and an 88-79 advantage with 1:15 to play.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 19 points, and fellow big man Splitter added 14. Leonard had 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, and Parker scored 13 points despite 3-for-16 shooting.

The Spurs outshot the Warriors 45.2 percent to 38.8 percent.

Curry, hitting just 10 of his 25 points, was high scorer for the Warriors with 22 points. Jack chipped in 15, and Carl Landry added 11 off the bench.

Thompson, who missed eight of his 12 shots, was held to 10 points, and Harrison Barnes, the Warriors' big scorer in Games 4 and 5, had just nine points before having to call it a night because of a head injury suffered in the second quarter.

After building the lead as high as 12 points in the third quarter, the Spurs saw the advantage shrink to one after a Thompson 3-pointer in the third minute of the fourth period and later to 77-75 when Curry drilled an 18-footer with 4:57 to play.

However, Curry missed consecutive jumpers that could have tied the game, and the Spurs got hot from beyond the 3-point arc, ending Golden State's season.

The Spurs led 47-40 at halftime mostly on the strength of a brilliant defensive effort for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second quarter.

The Warriors missed eight of their first 10 shots in the period, a span during which San Antonio exploded from a tie into a 10-point lead. Splitter (six) and Gary Neal (four) combined for all the points in the run.

Barnes' injury occurred with 1:15 left in the half when he tried to prevent a Boris Diaw layup. The rookie flipped in the air as he got tangled with Diaw, and Barnes fell hard on his right side and head.

After several minutes on the floor, he was helped to the locker room. After taking six stitches above the right eye, he was able to start the second half, but he later complained of headaches and couldn't finish the game.

NOTES: The Warriors haven't won two series in the same postseason since their championship run in 1975. ... That also was the last time the Warriors won a series after being down 3-2. It occurred in the Western Conference finals against Chicago. ... Duncan played his 200th game in the postseason, joining a club that includes Robert Horry (244), Derek Fisher (240), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (237), Kobe Bryant (220), Shaquille O'Neal (216) and Scottie Pippen (208). ... The teams entered the contest with the same number of made field goals (194) and 3-pointers (41) in the first five games. ... Asked before the game about Memphis, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich assured, "I don't care about Memphis. I don't think about Memphis."
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