Warriors end 16-game losing streak to Spurs in OTBy Dave Del Grande, Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Feb 23, 2013 3:10 AM EST
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors tried just about everything in their effort to snap a seemingly endless losing streak to the San Antonio Spurs that dated back to the "We Believe" days. They finally halted the skid Friday night, and with it perhaps came a new slogan. Wearing sleeved jerseys for the first time in NBA modern-day history, the Warriors used seven of Jarrett Jack's 30 points in overtime to shock the Spurs 107-101 in a nationally televised game at Oracle Arena. It broke the Spurs' 16-game winning streak over the Warriors that included seven in a row at Oakland. The losing streak is dead. "Sleeve Believe" is alive. "It's got to be the shirts," Jack gushed after packing two baskets and three free throws into the Warriors' 11-3 game-ending run. "We might have to play in these more often." And, they hope, get Andrew Bogut healthy enough to join them the next time they trot the yellow jerseys out, which is scheduled for March 8 against Houston. Bogut, coming off his first back-to-back sequence of the season Tuesday and Wednesday, woke up to back spasms Friday morning. He was sent for an MRI, the results of which were expected Saturday. Without Bogut, the Warriors still managed to turn in what Jack labeled "our best defensive effort in a long, long time," completely shutting down Tony Parker over the final 17 minutes and limiting the Spurs to just one field goal after they'd taken a 98-96 lead with 2:10 to play. "We did this against a heck of a basketball team and the best coach in basketball," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "To be down 80-67 (early in the fourth quarter) against a team that executes you to death and to continue to make plays ... The credit goes to those players because they battled." After assisting on a Klay Thompson jumper off an inbounds pass that produced a 98-98 tie with 1:52 to go, Jack took over, converting a Stephen Curry steal and feed into a tie-breaking, fast-break hoop before going one-on-one for an 18-footer over Tony Parker and a four-point lead with just 56.5 seconds left. "With all due respect to what Jamal Crawford has done for the Los Angeles Clippers and with all due respect to what J.R. Smith has done for the New York Knicks, Jarrett Jack has been the best sixth man all year long," Jackson said. "He's carried us at times. He's been outstanding since Day 1." A Danny Green 3-pointer kept the Spurs alive, but two free throws by Curry and three by Jack assured the Warriors would win a second in a row after a six-game skid that bridged the All-Star break. "If you want to be a good team in this league, you have to have carryover," Jack said of following up Wednesday's victory over Phoenix with a far more impressive win. "You have to be consistent." Jack found time to add 10 assists, becoming the first NBA player since Magic Johnson in 1996 to record a 30/10 game off the bench. And he got plenty of help. David Lee's nightly double-double consisted of 25 points and a career-best 22 rebounds. Curry overcame a slow start to add 18 points to the win. Green led a balanced Spurs attack with 20 points, but Tim Duncan missed 10 of his 16 shots on a 19-point, 13-rebound night and Parker failed to score after totaling 18 in the first three quarters. Manu Ginobili, whose uncontested layup off a give-and-go pass from Duncan with 4.5 seconds left in regulation forced the overtime, matched Parker's 18-point total. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich credited the Warriors' defense, especially on Parker, as the main reason his club couldn't add another win to a lengthy road trip that already had produced a 6-1 record. "They made him the focus of their defense and made it tough for him," Popovich said of a defensive game plan that saw Thompson on Parker most of the night. "We got a little bit stubborn at different points of the game, but they did a great job defensively and that's why they had the opportunity to win the basketball game." The tight finish to regulation, which included a 3-pointer by Jack with 7.3 seconds left that put Golden State up two, followed competing runs early in the fourth period, including a 12-pointer by the Spurs that produced their largest lead at 80-67 with 8:55 to go. Ginobili led the charge, converting a three-point play, then hitting from short range. He also assisted a Matt Bonner jumper in the burst, which saw the Warriors go scoreless on six possessions in the period. But almost as quickly, the Warriors got themselves back in the game, scoring on six straight possessions while holding the Spurs scoreless. Curry, who missed nine of his 12 shots to that point, buried an 18-footer and then a 25-foot 3-pointer to cap the run, a 13-0 flurry that produced an 80-all tie and sent the game into back-and-forth mode the rest of the way. "We're going to feel good about this road trip regardless," Ginobili said of the club's impressive 6-2 mark with just one more stop -- Sunday at Phoenix -- remaining. "Tonight was one of those games where if we made a shot late or they miss one more shot, then it goes to us." NOTES: Duncan's 19 points allowed him to pass Robert Parish for 23rd place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Duncan finished the night with 23,350 points. ... The Warriors' Jackson was cautiously pessimistic when discussing Bogut's status. "Out indefinitely," he said, using the same term the organization offered up before shelving the big man for 2 1 /2 months earlier this season while he fully recovered from off-season ankle surgery. "We will not rush it. There's nothing to red-flag anything. We just don't know." ... Popovich said before the game that Parker warrants All-NBA first-team honors this season and perhaps more. "I don't think there's a point guard in America playing better than him this season," Popovich claimed. "He should be in the MVP conversation. Obviously, (Kevin) Durant and (LeBron) James are the frontrunners. But it's totally appropriate for him to be in the conversation."
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