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Spurs extend home mastery of Warriors to 29 games

The SportsXchange

SAN ANTONIO -- The Golden State Warriors have traveled to San Antonio for 16 years and left with 28 straight loses. Entering tonight's game, the Warriors were looking to put the past behind them and start a new streak. Hard to do that when Tim Duncan plays like he did his rookie year.

Duncan had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-93 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night at the AT&T Center.

Duncan, who has picked up the slack as point guard Tony Parker recovers from a sprained left ankle, added six assists and four blocks in 31 minutes.

"My jump shot is coming back. It doesn't feel great, but it's going in a little bit, so I'll take it," said Duncan, the 15-year veteran who was 11 of 17 from the field. "I feel healthy, my body feels good and the shots are going in."

San Antonio continued their domination of the Warriors at home. Golden State has not won in San Antonio since Feb. 14, 1997, a streak of 29 consecutive games. That win, which was in the Alamodome, was in Tim Duncan's senior season at Wake Forest. It is the longest active streak in the NBA.

Tiago Splitter added 17 and Manu Ginobili 16. Nando De Colo, who came off the bench with Ginobili, added 10, for the Spurs (52-16).

San Antonio used a 19-2 second quarter run that ended with a Stephen Jackson 3-pointer with five minutes to go that put them up 48-32.

"We had a bad stretch to start the second quarter," said Warriors forward David Lee. "Playing in San Antonio in their building, you cannot have that 5- to six-minute lapse like we did at home. It is much tougher to bounce back from the lapse on the road."

The Spurs struggled from beyond the arc, connecting on 8 of 26 (30 percent).

Tim Duncan had 12 points and seven rebounds in the first half to lead the Spurs into the locker room up 60-47.

San Antonio, who are 6-2 since Parker was sidelined, have struggled defensively, allowing 107 more points in three of those contests, but clamped down on the Warriors early, forcing them to 17 turnovers for 26 points.

"They are a very difficult team to guard," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "I thought our defense was the best defense we've played in a couple of weeks. We are going to make mistakes. If people didn't make mistakes the scores would be 12-8. All in all I thought we did a very good job guarding a very difficult team to guard."

But the Warriors would not go away. They cut the Spurs' 16-point first half lead to four, 92-88, on a Stephen Curry free throw with 3:38 left.

The Spurs answered back with a 12-1 run, with Duncan scoring six in that spurt, to pull the game out of reach.

"Tim (Duncan) made plays and that is what he does," said Warriors guard Stephen Curry. "We got back into it and had a chance to win at the end.

Golden State, which had won four of their last five games, struggled offensively, with top scorers Stephen Curry and David Lee shooting a combined 12 of 37.

Curry led the Warriors (39-31) with 24. Jarrett Jack added 14, Harrison Barnes 13, David Lee 13 and Carl Landry. Lee had 12 rebounds and Andrew Bogut added 11.

NOTES: Spurs guard Tony Parker practiced Tuesday, a possible sign that his return may be sooner than later. Parker suffered a Grade 2 sprain to his left ankle against the Sacramento Kings on March 1st. ... Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spent two seasons (1992-1994) as an assistant coach in Golden State under Don Nelson. ... San Antonio has had the Warriors' number for some time, but they snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Spurs on Feb. 22. They did it in dramatic fashion, with a 107-101 overtime win at Golden State. ... Spurs coach Gregg Popovich came into the game two wins away from getting his 900th win, a feat only accomplished by 10 other coaches. He would be only the second one to do that with one team, with Utah coach Jerry Sloan being the other.
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