Final Score: San Antonio 102, Golden State 92
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs played the role of front-
runner for the first time in their Western Conference semifinal series.
It was one way to keep the raucous Oracle Arena crowd quiet.
Tony Parker netted 25 of his 32 points in the first half, while Tim Duncan
added 23 points and 10 rebounds in San Antonio's 102-92 win over the Golden
State Warriors in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the set.
The Spurs held the lead for all but 11 minutes in the first two contests of
this series, but maintained a comfortable margin throughout the majority of
Game 4 is slated for Sunday at Oakland.
Manu Ginobili tallied all 12 of his points in the second half for San Antonio,
which shot 50.6 percent (40-of-79) from the floor.
"We made shots and they didn't have as good a night shooting the ball," Spurs
head coach Gregg Popovich said. "Sometimes it's as simple as that. There's
other factors, you think about, turnovers, blah, blah, blah. But we shot it
and they didn't."
Klay Thompson registered 17 points, while Stephen Curry added 16, but on just
5-of-17 from the field for the Warriors, who shot just 31.6 percent from
beyond the arc.
Golden State was 41.5 percent (22-of-53) from 3-point range over the first two
games of the set.
Curry sprained his left ankle again in the final few minutes of the contest.
"Icing it. Get treatment. We'll see where he's at," Warriors head coach Mark
Jackson said of Curry's status for Game 4.
All-Star forward David Lee, who was originally ruled out for the rest of the
season, made a three-minute appearance in the first half after tearing his
right hip flexor in Game 1 of Golden State's first-round series against the
He finished with five points and two rebounds.
Any time the Warriors whittled a deficit, the Spurs always had the answer.
Golden State trailed 79-69 after three, but scored the first nine points of
the fourth to get within a point. Thompson nailed a triple and Draymond
Green's bank shot made it 79-78. Green was fouled on the shot, but was unable
to complete the three-point play.
The Warriors never got any closer.
San Antonio countered with an 11-1 run. Danny Green and Parker ripped back-to-
back treys to begin the surge and Kawhi Leonard capped it with a driving layup
to up the Spurs' advantage to 90-79 a little past the midway point of the
A bit later, a Thompson triple and a Harrison Barnes pull-up jumper clawed the
Warriors within 93-88 with 2:48 left.
Ginobili and Carl Landry traded baskets before Duncan hit a turnaround jumper
and Parker sunk a pair of free throws two possessions later with 34.6 to play
to make it 99-90 and seal the outcome.
Earlier, Golden State led 21-16 with 3:56 left in the first before the Spurs
ended the frame on a 16-2 swing. Parker, who scored 13 points in the first,
had five points during the burst, which gave the visitors a 32-23 advantage
after a quarter of play.
San Antonio took a 57-48 cushion into the break.
Parker went 11-of-14 from the floor in the first half.
The Warriors began the third on a 17-8 run to knot the tilt at 65-65 with 6:34
left in the stanza. San Antonio, though, again had the counter and answered by
outscoring Golden State, 14-4, over the remainder of the quarter.
San Antonio shot 58.1 percent (25-of-43) in the first half ... San Antonio
tallied 18 points off 11 Warrior turnovers ... Andrew Bogut registered 11
points and 12 boards for Golden State.
05/11 02:12:10 ET
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