Spurs 109, Warriors 91

Danny Sanchez, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker had 25 points and 10 assists, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 109-91 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal series.
With a 3-2 series lead, San Antonio can close out Golden State by winning Game 6 on Thursday in Oakland, Calif.
Tuesday's margin was the largest for either team in a competitive series that has featured two overtime games.
Parker, wearing a black sleeve to protect a left calf that was bruised in Game 3, shot 9-for-16 from the field, 7-for-10 from the free-throw line. He committed just two turnovers.
San Antonio, which gave up an eight-point lead with four minutes left in Game 4 and eventually lost 97-87 in overtime, led 102-84 when Manu Ginobili hit a 3-pointer with 4:02 left Tuesday.
The Spurs shot 40-for-77 (51.9 percent) from the field and 19-for-15 (76 percent) from the foul line. It was a marked improvement from Sunday, when they compiled their worst collective shooting performance from the field (35.5 percent), 3-point arc (29.5 percent) and free-throw line (56 percent) since 1997.
Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points for San Antonio, Danny Green added 16 and Ginobili had 10. Tim Duncan contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Spurs' defense forced 14 turnovers that led to 23 points.
Golden State cut San Antonio's lead to two early in the third quarter, but the Warriors could not gain the momentum from their star players.
San Antonio held the "Splash Brothers" -- Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson -- to a combined 13 points on 6-of-22 shooting from the field.
Curry has struggled since scoring a career playoff-high 44 points in Game 1. He continues to play after spraining an ankle in Game 3. He finished 4-for-14 for nine points and added eight assists Tuesday.
Harrison Barnes led the Warriors with 25 points, with Jarrett Jack adding 20 and Carl Landry scoring 16.
The Warriors shot 46.7 percent (35-for-75) from the field, 15-for-23 (65.2 percent) from the free-throw line. They connected on only six of their 16 3-point attempts.
Barnes led all scorers with 15 through the first two quarters, but it was not enough for the Warriors. The Spurs shot 51 percent from the field to take 54-51 lead into the locker room.
NOTES: Barnes was named NBA All-Rookie first team on Tuesday. Barnes was a first-round draft pick, seventh overall, from North Carolina. "Well-deserved," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Proud of him and one for the good guys. Just a big-time award for him. Great recognition." ... Duncan was selected to the NBA All-Defensive second team. Duncan has been selected to 14 All-Defensive teams in his 16 seasons, which is more than any other player in NBA history. ... Duncan tied Wilt Chamberlin with 143 double-doubles in postseason play, second only to Magic Johnson, who has 157. ... NBA commissioner David Stern attended the game.

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