Coach picks up 699th win at expense of Warriors
OAKLAND – Tim Duncan had 27 points and 15 rebounds, Richard Jefferson scored 17 points, and the San Antonio Spurs picked up a rare win on the road this season by beating the Golden State Warriors 103-91 on Wednesday night.
Keith Bogans matched his season high with 13 points and Tony Parker had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs, who dropped six of their first eight road games before beating Golden State for a seventh straight time.
San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich needs one victory to become the 17th coach in NBA history to reach 700 wins.
Monta Ellis scored 35 points and Corey Maggette added 21 for injury-riddled Golden State, which played without its top three centers in coach Don Nelson’s return to the bench. The Warriors have lost four straight and 10 of 12.
Duncan had only seven points in the first half, when the Spurs were content shooting from the perimeter rather than working the ball down low to their 11-time All-Star forward.
That changed in the third quarter, when Duncan scored 14 points despite the Warriors double-teaming him in the paint. At one point Duncan scored on a spin move past Vladimir Radmanovic, then made a short layup over Anthony Randolph the next time down the court.
Duncan later scored five straight points to give the Spurs a 14-point lead in the third.
After Golden State pulled within 93-86 late in the fourth quarter, Duncan scored on back-to-back possessions – including a dunk over Randolph – to put San Antonio comfortably ahead.
The Warriors, who were already without starting center Andris Biedrins (lower back strain) and backup Ronny Turiaf (left knee), learned before the game that Mikki Moore will be out indefinitely after opting to have surgery to remove bone spurs in his right heel.
That left Golden State with just nine players in uniform and a coach still recovering from pneumonia. Don Nelson did not accompany the Warriors on their most recent road trip but was back on the bench against the Spurs.
“All better, 100 percent,” Nelson said. “A couple of days into the road trip I started feeling better, but it was good that I took the extra time (off).”
It didn’t get any easier for the Warriors when rookie guard Stephen Curry picked up three fouls in the first quarter and a fourth two minutes into the second.
Ellis, however, kept Golden State close in the first half until Duncan took over in the third quarter.
San Antonio led by nine early in the second quarter, but Ellis scored 11 points during an 18-4 run that gave Golden State a 45-40 lead. The Spurs stopped the slide briefly but Maggette and C.J. Watson both scored in the final 75 seconds to help the Warriors take a 49-47 lead into halftime.
NOTES: The Spurs improved to 40-7 against the Warriors since drafting Duncan in 1997. … Ellis has scored 30 or more points in seven of his last 14 games. … Radmanovic was 0-for-8 from the field.
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