Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Friday, November 8th
Warriors74Final
Spurs76
Game 2: Thursday, December 19th
Spurs104Final
Warriors102
Game 3: Saturday, March 22nd
Spurs99Final
Warriors90
Game 4: Wednesday, April 2nd
Warriors90Final
Spurs111

Spurs 104

(21-5, 12-3 away)

Warriors 102

(14-13, 8-4 home)

Coverage: TNT

10:30 PM ET, December 19, 2013

ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

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SA 18 35 29 22104
GS 23 28 23 28102

Top Performers

San Antonio: K. Leonard 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

Golden State: S. Curry 30 Pts, 2 Reb, 15 Ast, 4 Stl

Short-handed Spurs slip past Stephen Curry, Warriors

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- With or without their star trio, the San Antonio Spurs play with a championship pedigree.

Tiago Splitter tipped in a rebound with 2.1 seconds left, lifting the short-handed Spurs to a 104-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

San Antonio (21-5) rested Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker sat out for the second straight game with a bruised right shin. None of it mattered.

"They did play well in the absence of our players, but it happens a lot in this league when players are hurt and other players want to prove something," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They want to show the coach they should be getting more minutes and that the coach doesn't know what the heck he's talking about."

The Spurs used big nights from Marco Belinelli, Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills to hand the Warriors (14-13) another devastating defeat in a rematch of last season's Western Conference semifinals.

The Warriors led by 14 points in the second quarter, then fell behind by nine in the third, but they still were in position to win against San Antonio's second-stringers in the closing moments.

Stephen Curry hit a tying 3-pointer to cap Golden State's comeback. But after two misses by teammates, Splitter was wide open under the rim to tap in the winning score.

Belinelli scored a career-high 28 points against his former team, Leonard had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Mills added 20 points in one of San Antonio's most impressive wins this season. It also was a season high in points for Leonard and Mills.

"Every guy stepped up," Belinelli said.

Ginobili weighed in on the win via Twitter.

David Lee had 32 points and 13 rebounds in Golden State's sloppy performance. Curry scored 30 points and tied his career high with 15 assists, and Andrew Bogut collected 18 rebounds.

The Warriors allowed a season-high 31 points off 24 turnovers. San Antonio gave up 19 points on 19 turnovers.

"We can't lose that game. Period," Bogut said.

The Warriors started the final quarter on a 12-4 run, tying the game on Klay Thompson's 3-pointer with 8:37 remaining. Curry gave Golden State the lead moments later with another from long range.

San Antonio was clinging to a 102-99 lead when Curry stepped up once again. Andre Iguodala corralled Curry's missed jumper and handed it back to him at the top of the arc. Curry connected from there for the tying basket with 28.7 seconds left.

In a wild scrum on San Antonio's final possession, Belinelli missed a jumper and then Boris Diaw's tip bounced out. Splitter was unguarded in front of the rim, tipping the ball in for the go-ahead basket.

"It was a loose ball. Me and Boris didn't know who was going to get it. I was lucky to be there at the perfect moment," Splitter said.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson called timeout, but his team got little out of the resulting play. Iguodala inbounded on the side to Curry, who was immediately doubled-teamed. He heaved a one-handed shot that was never close.

"We got out of character when we established our lead," Jackson said. "And we gave them life."

San Antonio showed off its depth and winning system in its first visit to Oracle Arena since eliminating the Warriors in Game 6 of the conference semifinals last season.

After the Warriors went ahead by 14 in the second quarter, Danny Green and Leonard led the Spurs back. The pair powered a 19-4 run that put San Antonio up 39-38 and left most of the announced crowd of 19,596 -- the 50th straight sellout for the Warriors -- stunned and silent.

The Spurs held a 53-51 halftime lead, and they didn't relent after the break. Belinelli scored 17 points in the third quarter to help San Antonio to an 82-74 lead before Golden State nearly rallied in the fourth.

"They're a team that has won championships and knows how to win," Lee said. "Regardless of who's on the floor, they have a proven system."

NOTES: It was the first time in NBA history that three Australians started in the same game: Bogut for the Warriors, and Mills and Aron Baynes for San Antonio. ... San Antonio was 1-2 last season when Duncan, Ginobili and Parker all didn't play, including a 116-106 loss at Golden State on April 15. ... San Antonio makes its only other visit to Golden State on March 22.

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Research Notes

The Spurs used to really struggle without Duncan, Parker and Ginobili in the lineup. In the first 7 games where they've all been out, San Antonio was 0-7 and had been losing by an average of 15 points per game. But in their past 6 without them, they've gone 4-2 thanks to a pretty deep roster.
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From Elias: The Spurs win despite Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan not playing. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since Ginobili entered the league in 2002-03, this is just the 4th time the Spurs have won in 13 games in which all 3 members of their Big 3 did not play.
Stephen Curry: 2nd player this season with at least 30 pts and 15 ast. Chris Paul had 42 pts and 15 ast against the Warriors on October 31.

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