Regular Season Series (Game 2 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

Spurs 89


Warriors 91

(8-7, 7-3 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, November 29, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 20 21 26 2289
    GS 17 29 22 2391

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 27 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk

    GS: N. Van Exel 29 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sore knee doesn't slow guard

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Nick Van Exel showed his leadership skills on Saturday night.

    Van Exel scored 16 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to help the Golden State Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 91-89.

    Van Exel, playing a backup role because of a sore left knee, either tied the score or gave the Warriors the lead with five of his seven fourth-quarter baskets, including a long 3 with 20 seconds left that proved to be the winner.

    "He's giving the other guys confidence because of his ability to hit shots," Warriors coach Eric Musselman said.

    Golden State has won four in a row.

    "I can't be afraid to take it," Van Exel said. "That's the way I've played all my life. If I miss it, I fail. If I make it, I help the team, and that's what it's all about."

    Said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich: "Nick is Nick. He loves that mano-a-mano stuff. He got it done for them."

    Tim Duncan, who missed a wide-opener 20-footer in the final second, led the defending NBA champion Spurs with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Tony Parker added 19 points, and Rasho Nestorovic had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

    "We made too many mistakes down the stretch," Duncan said, "especially myself."

    Mike Dunleavy and Brian Cardinal each had 11 points for the Warriors, and Erick Dampier had 16 rebounds. The Warriors' 8-7 mark going into December marks the first time they have been above .500 at this point in the season since 1994.

    San Antonio had an eight-point lead in the second half, but Golden State rallied behind strong 3-point shooting. The Warriors, who entered the game 29th in the league in 3-point shooting, were 9-of-18 from long range.

    Duncan was called for an unusual technical foul in the third quarter. After a jump ball with 3:35 left in the period, referee Jack Nies got tangled up with a player, and couldn't get out of the San Antonio free-throw circle. Duncan cut to the high post and put both hands on Nies to clear some room, and Nies tumbled to the floor. He immediately bounced up and called the technical foul.

    Game notes

    The crowd of 17,680 was the Warriors' largest at home this season. ... Warriors coach Eric Musselman said Van Exel could return to the starting lineup as soon as Wednesday night against Denver. "Nobody's given me a pitch count," he said about Van Exel's minutes. "We're doing it by feel' ... Both teams played Saturday night. Golden State won at Phoenix, and San Antonio lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 91
    FGM-FGA 32-79 (.405) 32-82 (.390)
    3PM-3PA 2-11 (.182) 9-18 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 23-32 (.719) 18-26 (.692)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-48 17-50
    Assists 17 10
    Turnovers 15 15
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 7 2
    Fast Break Points 1 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 24 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Golden State
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 27
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3
    Nick Van Exel Van Exel
    Points: 29
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0