Spurs continue domination over Warriors to deny Nelson
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Brent Barry led eight San Antonio players
in double figures with 18 points, as the Spurs pounded Golden State, 129-89,
denying Don Nelson his milestone 1,200th win for a third straight game.
Beno Udrih tallied 16 points, while Tim Duncan played only 21 minutes and had
15 points and eight boards for the Spurs, who have won two straight and seven
of their last 10 games. They have beaten the Warriors in eight of the last
nine meetings overall and 18 consecutive times at San Antonio.
Nelson remains stuck on 1,199 victories, as his team has dropped home contests
to Indiana and Milwaukee, and now the opener of a two-game Texas swing. Golden
State plays at Houston Tuesday.
Anthony Roberson had 21 points for the Warriors, who have dropped six of their
last eight games. Their last win at San Antonio came February 14, 1997.
The Spurs never trailed and blew it open with 15 consecutive points in the
opening quarter. A dunk by Mickael Pietrus had the Warriors within 13-8 with
5:31 left in the first, but San Antonio used a bucket blitz to blow away
Nelson’s squad. A Barry three-pointer capped the push, making it 28-8 with
1:35 to play in the opening period.
The Spurs led 30-14 after 12 minutes and 56-42 at the half. The rout continued
in the third, as Duncan’s jam finished nine consecutive points by the home
team for a 70-46 margin with 8:04 left in the third.
Another Barry three-pointer moved the Spurs to a 31-point advantage at 84-53
and the score stood at 93-61 going into the fourth.
Duncan wasn’t needed for the majority of the second half, and instead sat on
the bench to rest his knees. Despite that, the pounding continued, as the
Spurs built their lead to as many as 42 points in the final period.
Tony Parker had 14 points and seven assists for the Spurs, who also got 14
points from Michael Finley.
Mike Dunleavy had 12 points and Monta Ellis 11 for the Warriors, while
Francisco Elson, Robert Horry and Williams each scored 10 for the Spurs…San
Antonio shot 52.1 percent from the field, compared to 40.7 percent for Golden
State…San Antonio went 13-of-23 from three-point range, with Barry making
4-of-6 attempts…The Spurs held a 51-34 edge on the glass…Nelson’s victory
total is second-most in NBA history, behind Lenny Wilkens (1,332)…San
Antonio has won 29 of the last 33 meetings.