Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/18

Game 1: Tuesday, November 18th
Game 2: Saturday, November 29th
Game 3: Friday, March 12th
Game 4: Monday, March 15th

Warriors 81

(4-6, 0-3 away)

Spurs 94


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, November 18, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 24 16 21 2081
    SA 25 25 20 2494

    Top Performers

    GS: E. Dampier 17 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Duncan's double-double does it again

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Once Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili started hitting 3-pointers, there was little Golden State could do to stop them.

    Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Parker and Ginobili each added 19 points to lift the San Antonio Spurs over the Warriors 94-81 Tuesday night.

    "We weren't shooting great percentages in previous games, so today was really good for us," Ginobili said. "Some games you get those good shots and you start feeling more confident."

    Parker hit two 3-pointers as the Spurs took control with a 20-6 run midway through the fourth quarter. He and Ginobili combined for six of San Antonio's 10 3-pointers in all.

    Erick Dampier led the Warriors with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double and ninth of the season in 10 games. Clifford Robinson added 14 points, and Nick Van Exel 12.

    The Spurs hit 10 of 17 3-pointers, including three that just beat the shot clock. Hedo Turkoglu, acquired in the offseason for his shooting range, was 3-of-3 from outside the arc and Ginobili was 3-of-4.

    Still, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was hesitant to say his team had found the outside touch. Before Tuesday, the Spurs were hitting just 30 percent of their 3-pointers.

    "It's just one game," Popovich said. "We'll have to wait and see. We're not heating things up yet."

    But the Spurs were especially sharp from the outside in the final period, hitting all five 3-pointers during the big run that broke open the game. The Spurs' guards were able to penetrate into the lane with their speed, forcing the Warriors to collapse on the play and allowing the ball to be kicked back outside to the open man.

    And it wasn't only 3-pointers that were falling for the Spurs, who came in shooting just 38 percent from the field. San Antonio shot 50 percent from the floor, its highest mark this season.

    Golden State, which dropped its third consecutive game, missed six straight field goals during the big run, going scoreless for more than four minutes.

    The Warriors fell behind by 10 in the first half but fought back with a couple of spurts. Yet they never got closer than 60-57 with 4:57 left in the third period.

    "We were just attacking during the third-quarter run we had," Warriors guard Jason Richardson said. "We tried to stop them and double-team them. They found out what we were doing defensively and adjusted."

    Golden State took advantage of six straight misses by the Spurs and went on an 8-0 spurt sparked by a couple of driving layups by Van Exel.

    The Warriors made another run at the start of the fourth quarter and pulled to 72-67 before the Spurs put the game away.

    Game notes

    Warriors G Speedy Claxton received his championship ring from the Spurs for his role in San Antonio's title run last season. ... San Antonio's Anthony Carter was activated after missing nine games with tendinitis in his left knee. He came off the bench and scored two points in 12 minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 81 94
    FGM-FGA 34-76 (.447) 38-76 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 3-10 (.300) 10-17 (.588)
    FTM-FTA 10-16 (.625) 8-15 (.533)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-38 10-39
    Assists 15 27
    Turnovers 15 12
    Steals 7 10
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 3 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    San Antonio
    Erick Dampier Dampier
    Points: 17
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 21
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3