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