Short-handed Spurs get win
OAKLAND, Calif.—With or without its star trio, the San Antonio Spurs still play with a championship pedigree.
Tiago Splitter tipped in a rebound with 2.1 seconds left, lifting the short-handed Spurs to a 104-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors last night.
None of it mattered.
“They [the reserves] did play well in the absence of our players, but it happens a lot in this league when players are hurt and other players want to prove something,” said Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich.
“They want to show the coach they should be getting more minutes and that the coach doesn’t know what the heck he’s talking about.”
The Spurs used big nights from Marco Belinelli, Kawhi Leonard, and Patty Mills to hand the Warriors (14-13) another devastating defeat in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference semi-final.
The Warriors led by 14 points in the second quarter, fell behind by nine in the third, but still were in position to win against San Antonio’s second-stringers in the closing moments.
Stephen Curry hit a tying three-pointer to cap Golden State’s comeback. But after two misses by teammates, Splitter was wide open under the rim to tap in the winning score.
Belinelli scored a career-high 28 points against his former team, Leonard had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Mills added 20 points in one of San Antonio’s most impressive wins this season.
It also was a season-high in points for Leonard and Mills.
“Every guy stepped up,” Belinelli said.
David Lee had 32 points and 13 rebounds in Golden State’s sloppy performance.
Curry scored 30 points and tied his career high with 15 assists, with Andrew Bogut collecting 18 rebounds.
The Warriors allowed a season-high 31 points off 24 turnovers. San Antonio gave up 19 points on 19 turnovers.
“We can’t lose that game. Period,” Bogut said.
Oklahoma City beat Chicago 107-95 in the only other NBA game yesterday.