Duncan scored a season-high 37 points on 14-of-18 shooting as
the Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors for the 11th straight
time, 98-95 Friday night.
"I'm feeling pretty good shooting the ball, feeling pretty
confident. I was able to hit a couple of shots," Duncan said
The Spurs, who improved to 14-3 at home, returned from an East
Coast road trip on which they lost their last two games and three
of four -- all against sub-.500 teams.
"We needed a win and we got it," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
"Wins are always good."
Antawn Jamison scored 37 points to lead the Warriors, who were
seeking their first four-game winning streak in three years. He was
the only Golden State player to reach double figures.
Duncan, who has led the Spurs in scoring for 13 straight games,
also had nine rebounds and four assists.
"We double on Tim, he found the open man. Its hard to put in
words, to describe Tim," Jamison said.
The game was close the whole way, with 14 lead changes and 15
ties, but the Spurs went on a 15-4 fourth-quarter run to take a
90-84 lead with 3:08 left. Duncan scored 12 points during the
"It's extremely tough to keep even in a ballgame with the way
Tim shot 14-18 from the field," Warriors coach Eric Musselman
said. "I'm pleased with the performance, but we're definitely
going to have to just take advantage of it if we're put in that
Danny Ferry hit the second of two free throws with 17 seconds
left to give the Spurs a 98-93 lead. The Warriors had a chance to
tie at the end, but Jason Richardson's 3-point shot bounced of the
side of the backboard as the horn sounded.
Tony Parker added 22 points and six assists for the Spurs.
Jamison scored 12 points in the third quarter, and Golden State
led 70-67 at the end of the period. Duncan picked up his fourth
foul with 4:03 left in the quarter, and he didn't return until the
Golden State lost despite having a 50-32 rebounding advantage.
"They always rebound well against us," Duncan said. "They
rebound well against everyone. That's a big part of what keeps them
The Spurs built an 11-point second-quarter lead behind Duncan's
20 first-half points, but the Warriors came back to tie it at
40-40. The Spurs led only 46-44 at halftime.
Kevin Willis returned to the Spurs' lineup after serving a
one-game suspension for his altercation with the Knicks' Clarence
Weatherspoon on Monday. Willis had two points and two rebounds. ...
Golden State is 3-11 on the road this year. ... Warriors forward
Danny Fortson did not attend the game. He was having dental work
done and will rejoin the team for Saturday night's game in Houston.
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