Warriors 107, Spurs 101

Dave Del Grande, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Golden State Warriors snapped a 16-game losing streak to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night, using seven points by Jarrett Jack in overtime to pull out a 107-101 victory in a nationally televised game at Oracle Arena.
Jack completed a 30-point night by doing all but four points of the Warriors' scoring in the final 1:52 of overtime, taking charge after the Spurs had taken a brief 98-96 lead on a left-hander by Tiago Splitter.
Jack had two hoops and three free throws in the game-ending, 11-3 run, which gave Golden State its first victory over San Antonio since another overtime affair in January of 2008.
The Warriors -- clad in sleeved yellow jerseys -- accomplished the feat without Andrew Bogut, who reported back spasms earlier in the day. He was sent for an MRI, the results of which were expected Saturday.
Bogut was off his first back-to-back sequence of the season and played through what was termed flu-like symptoms to have arguably his best effort of the season in Wednesday's home win over the Suns.
Without their star center, the Warriors managed to take the perennial Western Conference power into overtime thanks to an impressive inside/outside combination of David Lee and Jack.
Lee capped a 25-point, 22-rebound effort with the Warriors' first hoop of overtime, but it was Jack who did the biggest damage thereafter.
The Warriors trailed 98-96 inside the 2:00 mark before Klay Thompson hit a 20-footer off an inbounds pass.
Then Jack took over, converting a Stephen Curry steal and feed into a tie-breaking, fast-break hoop at the 1:31 mark, and an 18-footer over Tony Parker for a 102-98 advantage with 56.5 seconds to go.
A Danny Green 3-pointer just 5 1/2 seconds later got San Antonio back within one, and when Tim Duncan blocked a Thompson driving attempt, the Spurs had a chance to add to an impressive road trip that had seen them win six of seven.
But Parker, who went scoreless in the fourth period and overtime, couldn't convert a drive to the hoop.
The Spurs didn't score again, with first Curry (two) and then Jack (three) adding to the Warriors' margin of victory from the free throw line. Curry finished with 18 points.
Green led a balanced Spurs attack with 20 points. Tim Duncan had a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double, and both Manu Ginobili and Parker added 18.
The Warriors had chances at both ends of the floor to pull the upset in the final seconds of regulation, but failed on both counts.
After Jack nailed a 3-pointer with 7.3 seconds left to put Golden State up 93-91, the Warriors needed just one stop to ice the win. But they didn't come close to getting it, with Ginobili and Duncan working a wonderful give-and-go off an inbounds play, Ginobili getting an uncontested layup with just over four seconds remaining.
The Warriors had the last shot of regulation, and opted not to call a timeout before it. Instead, they rushed the ball up the floor and got nothing more than a desperation 3-pointer by Jack that was nowhere near the mark.
The tight finish came after dueling runs to start the fourth quarter.
After a tight first three quarters that ended with the Spurs up 68-67, the visitors were the first to seize a semblance of control, scoring the first 12 points of the final period to go up 80-67.
Ginobili led the charge, converting a three-point play to get the run rolling, then hitting from short range. He also assisted a Matt Bonner jumper in the burst, which saw the Warriors go scoreless on their six possessions of 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 in the game 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.
Neither team seemed to have a problem with the Warriors' bright look in the first quarter, with the Spurs hitting eight of their first 17 shots over eight-plus minutes while scoring 20 points, and the Warriors countering with a 5-for-6 flurry late in the period to get even at 25-all.
But then the uniform tops seemed to shrink or turn into a distraction, or possibly both, as neither team had much offensive success in the second quarter. A total of just 27 points were scored in the period, with the Spurs overcoming 5-for-22 shooting to take a 39-38 lead into halftime.
The Spurs' Green, who had two of the game's five 3-pointers to that point, was the only player in double figures through two periods with 10.
NOTES: Warriors coach Mark 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 two-and-one-half 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." ... With Charles Jenkins (76ers) and Jeremy Tyler (Hawks) having been dealt Thursday for conditional second-round picks in an effort to get the club under the luxury-tax threshold, the Warriors had only 13 players on their roster at the start of play. They suited up 11 with Bogut and Brandon Rush (knee surgery) injured. ... Spurs coach Gregg Popovich boasted before the game thatParker, 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." ... On the topic of honors, the Warriors' Jackson labeled Popovich "one of the greatest coaches in sports history." ... The Warriors and adidas used the nationally televised (ESPN) opportunity to debut a sleeved, yellow jersey that was selling for $300 in the team's concession stands. "It is a privilege and an honor to be the first team to wear it," Jackson gushed. "This fan base deserves it; this organization deserves it."

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