SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Another night without Tim Duncan, another big night for his replacements.
Malik Rose, starting in place of the injured Duncan, scored 17
points and Kevin Willis, the NBA's oldest player, added 16 in 19
minutes as the San Antonio Spurs defeated Golden State 99-74 Friday
"He's really been under control and playing with confidence,"
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Rose, who has averaged 14.9
points in the seven games Duncan has missed since hurting his left
leg in Dallas on Feb. 26.
Ginobili said he's not sure if the Spurs are as good without
Duncan as their 5-2 record suggests.
"But I know we're playing better than many people expected,"
he said. "Other players start to step up. They know they have to
do everything better."
Popovich said Duncan on Friday had an MRI and a CAT scan of his
inflamed patellofemoral joint, where the thigh bone connects to the
knee bone. The scans were negative, but he is still listed as day
to day. The Spurs want him to strengthen his leg more before
returning to the lineup.
"Our first priority is him, the second is how it affects the
team," Popovich said, adding that Duncan may not play in Sunday's
game at Western Conference leader Sacramento. "Our record or
standing means nothing."
Duncan saw 15 minutes of action in Wednesday's win over the Los
Angeles Clippers, scoring nine points.
The Warriors, after trailing by 14 at the half, tried to make a
game of it in the third.
A layup by Ginobili with 5:48 left in the game gave the Spurs a
"We've had trouble finishing games all year -- tonight kind of
showed that," said Golden State's Troy Murphy, who scored 13 in
his second game back after missing 29 games with a right ankle
Robinson paced all scorers with 19. Mike Dunleavy had 15 points
and Troy Murphy, in his second outing after missing 29 games with
an injured right ankle, scored 13.
The loss was the eighth straight for the Warriors, their longest
losing streak of the season.
Points were hard to come by for both teams early, with the Spurs
taking a 13-5 lead on a layup by Willis with 3:15 left in the
first. Golden State didn't hit double digits in points until the
San Antonio picked up the pace in the second quarter, making 12
of its 19 shots from the floor. Horry and Willis combined for 17
points on 7-for-8 shooting as the Spurs built their advantage to
38-21 on a 3-pointer by Hedo Turkoglu.
The Warriors struggled with San Antonio's defensive pressure,
committing 11 turnovers in the first half and shooting only 35
"You are not going to win many games shooting like that," said
coach Eric Musselman. "We also didn't share the ball enough."
San Antonio recorded 24 assists, while the Warriors had only
The Spurs are 21-0 this season when holding their opponent
under 80 points. ... Willis made his first six shots. ... The Spurs
have beaten Golden State 13 straight at home. The Warriors are 7-26
on the road this season... J.R. Bremer was scoreless in 11 minutes
in his first game after signing a 10-day contract with Golden
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