SAN ANTONIO -- Things worked out well for the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. They got to rest their stars and test their recruits. Oh, and they won, too.
Darius Washington scored 18 points -- half in the fourth quarter -- and the Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 116-111 in an exhibition game.
Washington was added to the Spurs' training camp roster earlier this month and relished the chance to show his skills.
"I showed them that I can maintain under pressure," Washington said. "They know by this that I can hold my own. ... It was a very good experience."
Manu Ginobili had 16 points and Francisco Elson added 15 for the Spurs.
Baron Davis, Marco Belinelli, Al Harrington and Kelenna Azubuike all had 17 points for the Warriors. Harrington also grabbed 14 rebounds.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Bruce Bowen were among the Spurs who didn't dress. Also sitting it out was Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who was at the AT&T Center but didn't run the show. Instead, Mike Budenholzer, his new top assistant since P.J. Carlesimo's departure for the Seattle SuperSonics, stepped in for the night.
"(Washington) competed great tonight," Budenholzer said. "He went out there with a mission to compete. As far as Pop and the Spurs, that's what we're looking for."
The praise went both ways.
"Coach Bud is a great coach," Washington said. "He was calling plays at the right time and we executed."
On Golden State's side, Davis and Stephen Jackson played, but put in relatively limited minutes. Both sat out the second quarter. Monta Ellis (neck sprain) and Andris Biedrins (sprained big toe) also were out for the Warriors.
"I don't think it really mattered how it went," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "I think it was just a practice against some different bodies than we're used to."
But even without the core starters, Washington and Ginobili did a pretty good job of it by themselves for San Antonio. Ginobili hit all six of his free throws and went 5-for-10 from the field in 24 minutes. Washington was 5-for-9.
Even after Ginobili threw the ball out of bounds on a bad pass four minutes into the third quarter, causing him to clench his fists and yell, he made up for it by twisting in the lane for a layup on the next possession to put the Spurs up 69-66 with 7:19 left in the period.
"Obviously our speed and conditioning and intensity need to improve. We need to get a little more serious about our approach to the game," Davis said.
Washington's 3-pointer with 5:22 to go in the fourth gave the Spurs a 99-98 lead, but Golden State tied it at 109 on Mickael Pietrus' 3 from the corner. Washington followed with six free throws in the final 40 seconds and Harrington's emphatic dunk with 15 ticks on the clock couldn't do it for the Warriors.
Golden State led 37-36 after one quarter and at halftime it was 55-54 for San Antonio. The back-and-forth first half had nine lead changes and four ties.
After being down by as many as 10, the Warriors built a small lead late in the third as Harrington scored all of his eight third-quarter points, including two 3-pointers, in the last 3:29.
The Warriors hit five treys in the quarter and headed into the fourth up 86-80. They finished 12-for-30 from beyond the arc, while the Spurs were 5-for-12.
"We did some good things and some bad things, so we still got a lot of work to do," said Jackson, who had 11 points for Golden State. "We've got to get better on defense definitely and just focus on moving forward from this game."
Three other Spurs -- Michael Finley, Marcus Williams and Keith Langford -- scored in double digits.