Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Friday, November 8th
Game 2: Thursday, December 19th
Game 3: Saturday, March 22nd
Game 4: Wednesday, April 2nd

Warriors 90

(46-29, 22-16 away)

Spurs 111

(59-16, 30-8 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    8:30 PM ET, April 2, 2014

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 18 24 25 2390
    SA 31 26 30 24111

    Top Performers

    GS: M. Speights 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl

    SA: T. Parker 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast

    Spurs cruise past Warriors as win streak hits 19

    Associated Press

    SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs continue to win big and to rest players, and the limited minutes are starting to show in the revival of Tim Duncan's game.

    Tony Parker had 18 points and eight assists and Duncan had 15 points and eight rebounds as San Antonio rolled to a 111-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, extending the Spurs' franchise-record winning streak to 19 games.

    "They're playing amazing right now," Golden State guard Stephen Curry said. "That's the best in the league right now."

    San Antonio (59-16) extended its league-leading record to four games over the Thunder (54-19) ahead of their matchup Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was able to rest his core players with his team leading by as many as 26 points and never trailing after the opening three minutes.

    "Our minutes stayed low, and it's just like Pop likes it, so we'll see what happens tomorrow (against Oklahoma City)," Duncan said.

    Duncan played only 20 minutes and Parker 28. Both sat out the entire fourth quarter.

    After struggling with his outside shot for much of the season, Duncan is regaining his soft touch just in time for San Antonio's 17th consecutive postseason appearance.

    He finished 7-for-11 from the field, including 6-for-7 shooting in the first half on a series of soft jumpers, bank shots and a dunk.

    "The 'Big Dog' is always a key for us," Spurs reserve post Jeff Ayres said. "We pretty much go as he goes. If he's hooping like that, it just lifts everybody up. It opens everything up for everybody else."

    Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills scored 13 points apiece, Marco Belinelli had 12, and Kawhi Leonard 11.

    San Antonio swept the four-game season series against Golden State and has won 31 straight at home against the Warriors, the Spurs' longest active winning streak against any team.

    Klay Thompson finished with 15 points and Curry 11 for Golden State, which was playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

    The "Splash Brothers" struggled offensively, especially in the first half against San Antonio's perpetual motion.

    "Just the way they move the ball," Curry said. "It seems like they're always on the attack. They force you to make decisions on both ends of the floor."

    Marreese Speights scored 22 points and fellow reserve Jordan Crawford added 16 points for Golden State.

    With the Warriors missing Andrew Bogut, David Lee and Festus Ezeli, Speights provided the team with a needed boost inside. He was 10-for-16 from field and had nine rebounds in 30 minutes.

    "Coach keeps giving me a chance, and I'm just trying to make the best out of it," Speights said. "Coach is a good coach, and he finds guys and gets the best out of them."

    Popovich found a way to do the same after screaming for a timeout 69 seconds into the game after a turnover and missed 21-foot jumper by Duncan put San Antonio in a 4-0 hole.

    San Antonio responded to its coach's directions with a 14-2 run as Parker and Duncan essentially turned the team's fluid ball movement into a two-man game.

    Duncan made his next four attempts on a tip follow, dunk, reverse layup and baby hook. Parker assisted on two of Duncan's baskets, made a 3-foot jumper and two free throws, and finished with a layup and a 14-6 lead with 6:46 remaining.

    "We didn't get off to a quick start," Duncan said. "For the first couple of minutes, we were kind of sputtering out of there, but we got some shots to go. (We got) some stops to go and kind of got ourselves a lead there."

    After shooting a combined 5-for-13 in opening half, the Splash Brothers found their range in the third quarter to rally Golden State.

    They opened the quarter shooting 4-for-6, with Thompson hitting a pair of 3-pointers and Curry adding his only one of the game.

    Thompson's second 3-pointer pulled Golden State within 71-61 with 6:23 remaining in the third. Speights hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 74-67 with 4:30 remaining.

    San Antonio responded as it has throughout its winning streak, using player and ball movement to close the quarter on a 16-6 run following Thompson's 3.

    "They're pros," Popovich said. "They just kept playing. They tried to be solid. There's going to be runs in a 48-minute NBA game. With all the possessions, you're not going (to) usually keep a lead like that. (The Warriors) made a run, and we responded well."

    Game notes

    San Antonio has not lost at home to Golden State since a 108-94 defeat on Feb. 14, 1997. ... Spurs F Matt Bonner (right calf strain), F Austin Daye (mild left lat strain) and C Aron Baynes (fractured right rib) did not play, leaving the Spurs with only Duncan, Tiago Splitter and Ayres standing 6-foot-9 or taller. Popovich is unsure when Bonner will return.

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    Research Notes

    The Spurs are 1 of 18 teams to lose a Game 7 in the NBA Finals. San Antonio's .784 win percentage this season would be the best by a team in the season following a Game 7 NBA Finals loss.
    The Spurs have won 18 straight games, tied for the 7th-longest single-season streak in NBA history. Of the 9 previous teams to win at least 18 straight games during a single season, 6 went on to win the title - including the Heat last season.
    From Elias: The Spurs clinch the Southwest division title with a win OR a Rockets loss tonight. Gregg Popovich has 11 division titles, 3rd most in NBA history. It would be San Antonio's 4th consecutive.
    San Antonio's 19-game win streak is thanks in part to the return of Kawhi Leonard, who missed 14 games in January and February with a broken finger. His 1st game back was February 26th, the start of this 19-game run, and the Spurs defense has really benefited in that time. When he's on the floor, opponents are scoring under 91 points per 48 minutes, but when he's on the bench, that jumps to over 100.

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