Ellis’ career-high-equalling night not enough vs. Spurs
November 25, 2009
SAN ANTONIO – Tony Parker scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame another iron man performance by Monta Ellis in a 118-104 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
Tim Duncan had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who used a 22-3 run spanning the third and fourth quarters for their season-best third consecutive victory.
One night after a season-high, 37-point performance in a 111-103 victory at Dallas, Ellis topped it by scoring 42 points on 16-of-25 shooting to tie his career high.
After playing all 48 minutes in each of the Warriors’ previous two games, Ellis finally left Wednesday’s midway through the fourth quarter but came back in with a little more than 3 minutes remaining. He finished with 44 minutes.
Even with superior depth and with the Warriors playing on the road for the second straight night, the Spurs struggled to put away Golden State. San Antonio trailed with 3:52 remaining in the third period and didn’t take its first double-figure lead until the closing seconds of the quarter.
Parker, who finished 10 of 17 from the field, scored 12 points in the third as the Spurs upped the tempo and increased their defensive pressure. Golden State committed six turnovers in the period and shot 43.5 percent from the field after a 51 percent first half.
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Duncan and Parker returned to the San Antonio lineup in the fourth after the Warriors cut a 22-point lead to 12. Golden State closed the gap to 10 but got no closer the rest of the way.
Roger Mason Jr. scored 17 points, Richard Jefferson and George Hill added 12 apiece, and Antonio McDyess had 10 for the Spurs, who beat Golden State at home for the 23rd consecutive time.
The Warriors already had used more players by the 4:17 mark of the first quarter than they used Tuesday in Dallas, bringing in three substitutes at once after using just one the previous night.
Reserve Corey Maggette scored 14 points after missing the Dallas game. Anthony Randolph had 12 points and rookie Stephen Curry 11 for Golden State.
By the second period, Ellis was the only Warriors starter who hadn’t been relieved. He finished the first half 12 of 15 from the field, but was limited to 12 second-half points on 4-of-10 shooting.
Golden State led by five with 3:05 left in the first half, but the Spurs’ depth and balance began to show as halftime approached.
Parker, who finished the half with 18 points and four assists, gave San Antonio the lead with a fast-break layup and a basket on a drive down the lane in the final minute. The Spurs were up 60-58 at the break.
NOTES: Warriors coach Don Nelson missed his second straight game. He remained in California with pneumonia, and no timetable for his return has been announced.