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Golden State at San Antonio

Parker, Spurs overcome Ellis' 42 points to beat Warriors

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN ANTONIO -- After a tough 2½ quarters against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs sensed it was time to turn it up a few notches.

Tony Parker scored 32 points and the Spurs overcame another iron man performance by Monta Ellis in a 118-104 victory on Wednesday.

Tim Duncan had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who used a 22-3 run spanning the third and fourth quarters for their season-best third consecutive victory.

"We knew that they were going to get tired. I think three of their guys played 48 minutes [Tuesday] night," Parker said. "So we wanted to keep attacking and somewhere in the game, they'll miss three, four, five shots in a row and we can get a lead."

One night after a season-high, 37-point performance in a 111-103 victory at Dallas, Ellis topped it by scoring 42 points on 16-of-25 shooting to tie his career high.

After playing all 48 minutes in each of the Warriors' previous two games, Ellis finally left Wednesday's midway through the fourth quarter but came back in with a little more than three minutes remaining. He finished with 44 minutes.

"I'd rather get 42 and the win than 42 and the loss," Ellis said. "We had a chance to win. We had it right there. We made mistakes and they converted.

"But, man, we're only playing with six or seven guys. We left it all on the court."

Even with superior depth and with the Warriors playing on the road for the second straight night, the Spurs struggled to put away Golden State. San Antonio trailed with 3:52 remaining in the third period and didn't take its first double-figure lead until the closing seconds of the quarter.

Parker, who finished 10 of 17 from the field, scored 12 points in the third as the Spurs upped the tempo and increased their defensive pressure. Golden State committed six turnovers in the period and shot 43.5 percent from the field after a 51 percent first half.

"We had a good run there at the end of the third quarter, beginning of the fourth where we made some stops and followed with some scores," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of the 33-10 burst that lasted nearly nine minutes.

"It's always good to get a win the day before Thanksgiving. Makes the meal taste a lot better."

Duncan and Parker returned to the San Antonio lineup in the fourth after the Warriors cut a 22-point lead to 12. Golden State closed the gap to 10 but got no closer the rest of the way.

Roger Mason Jr. scored 17 points, Richard Jefferson and George Hill added 12 apiece, and Antonio McDyess had 10 for the Spurs, who beat Golden State at home for the 23rd consecutive time.

The Warriors already had used more players by the 4:17 mark of the first quarter than they used Tuesday in Dallas, bringing in three substitutes at once after using just one the previous night.

Reserve Corey Maggette scored 14 points after missing the Dallas game. Anthony Randolph had 12 points and rookie Stephen Curry 11 for Golden State.

By the second period, Ellis was the only Warriors starter who hadn't been relieved. He finished the first half 12 of 15 from the field, but was limited to 12 second-half points on 4-of-10 shooting.

Golden State led by five with 3:05 left in the first half, but the Spurs' depth and balance began to show as halftime approached.

"We hope the worst is over," said Warriors assistant Keith Smart, who led an injury-riddled team for the second straight game in place of Don Nelson, who remained in California with pneumonia. "You play a high-energy game in Dallas, then you fly here to get yourself ready to go and give everything you can.

"They just didn't have enough."

Parker, who finished the half with 18 points and four assists, gave San Antonio the lead with a fast-break layup and a basket on a drive down the lane in the final minute. The Spurs were up 60-58 at the break.

Notes

  • No timetable for Nelson's return has been announced.
  • The Warriors' last win in San Antonio came on Feb. 14, 1997.
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Tony Parker scores 32 as the Spurs beat the Warriors at home for the 23rd straight time. (Getty Images)
Tony Parker scores 32 as the Spurs beat the Warriors at home for the 23rd straight time. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Golden State (5-9) 31272323104
San Antonio (7-6) «33273127118
GS:M. Ellis 42 Pts
GS:S. Curry 7 Reb
GS:S. Curry 5 Ast
SA:T. Parker 32 Pts
SA:T. Duncan 10 Reb
SA:T. Parker 7 Ast
Players of the Game
San AntonioGolden State

T. Parker

M. Ellis
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
32474244

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Golden State
M. Ellis, SG4416-259-1044242
S. Curry, PG345-160-075311
A. Morrow, SG333-71-14138
V. Radmanovic, SF292-80-03134
M. Moore, PF193-53-43139
C. Maggette, SF275-114-432214
A. Randolph, PF274-94-770312
C. Watson, PG160-20-01120
C. Hunter, PF102-30-02024
S. Claxton, PGDid Not Play
A. Biedrins, CDid Not Play
R. Turiaf, PFDid Not Play
R. Bell, SGDid Not Play
K. Azubuike, SFDid Not Play
B. Wright, SFDid Not Play
D. George, SGDid Not Play
Totals 40-8621-26341523104
 46.5%80.8% 
San Antonio
R. Jefferson, SF323-85-524212
T. Parker, PG3010-1812-1747332
T. Duncan, PF2710-120-1106120
K. Bogans, SG231-60-07013
A. McDyess, PF235-100-052410
G. Hill, PG333-126-623412
R. Mason Jr., SG267-101-265117
M. Finley, SG161-10-01002
M. Bonner, PF121-10-01133
D. Blair, PF112-51-13215
M. Haislip, PF41-10-00012
M. Hairston, SG40-10-00000
I. Mahinmi, CDid Not Play
T. Ratliff, CDid Not Play
M. Ginobili, SGDid Not Play
Totals 44-8525-32413021118
 51.8%78.1% 
Other Games
LAC 73 Final
Ind 86
Tor 81 Final
Char 116
Phi 110 Final
Bos 113
Mia 99 Final
Orl 98
Mil 99 Final
NO 102
Cle 98 Final
Det 88
Den 124 Final
Min 111
Dal 130 Final
Hou 99
Mem 111 Final
Pho 126
NJ 83 Final
Port 93
NY 97 Final
Sac 111