NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, April 13th (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (52-28) at Golden State Warriors (29-51), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs hope to build off a controversial win tonight when they visit the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena.
The Spurs, who are deadlocked with Houston atop the Southwest Division with just two games to play, got a gift Sunday when Michael Finley's three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left, lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a 95-92 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Finley appeared to make the three after the shot clock expired, however. In what is destined to become a topic of offseason rule conversation, the play unfolded with the game knotted at 92 and time running out. Tony Parker drove the lane and dished a pass to Finley on the right side of the arc. Finley released a good shot, but a few tenths of a second after the shot clock had run out.
"Catch and shoot. That's pretty much it," said Finley. "Tony penetrated, made a great aggressive play and just kicked it out to me and I just shot it."
It was ruled a good shot and was not reviewable. After Andres Nocioni's desperation three fell well short on the other end, the Spurs walked off with the win and the Kings walked off on the short end of a controversial loss.
Parker had 25 points and Roger Mason added 22 for the Spurs, who got their second consecutive win. Both San Antonio and the Rockets are also tied with Portland for the third spot in the Western Conference standings, all with a 52-28 record.
Tim Duncan, who rested his balky knees on Sunday, is expected to return to the lineup tonight.
The Warriors, meanwhile, are coming off an impressive win in Salt Lake City Saturday when C.J. Watson poured in a career-high 38 points, doled out nine assists and hauled in seven rebounds to help Golden State upend the Utah Jazz, 118-108.
Robert Kurz donated a career-best 21 points and Kelenna Azubuike scored 18 for the Warriors, who have won four of their last six. Anthony Morrow ended with 13 points and Anthony Randolph 11 in the win.
San Antonio, which is 25-15 on the road this season, will be aiming for a four-game sweep of the season series with the Warriors tonight. Golden State is 21-19 at ORACLE Arena this season.
04/13 10:52:55 ET