SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Malik Rose began the night with a half-dozen
career 3-pointers. By the time San Antonio's game against Golden
State was over, he had seven.
Rose hit a 39-footer to end a lopsided third quarter as the
Spurs defeated the Warriors 93-73 Tuesday night.
After trailing 45-42 at halftime, the Spurs outscored the
Warriors 31-12 in the third quarter. Rose's 3-pointer beat the
buzzer and gave San Antonio a 73-57 lead.
"I'm happy with the guys' effort in the second half,'' Spurs
coach Gregg Popovich said. "They really grinded it out after a
long night last night.''
Tim Duncan had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Tony Parker scored 21,
Stephen Jackson added 13 and David Robinson had 13 rebounds to go
with 10 points for San Antonio, which was coming off a 103-101
overtime victory at Memphis the previous night.
"That showed me a lot,'' Popovich said. "They held them to 28
points in the second half and that's difficult to do.''
Jason Richardson cut the Spurs' lead to 75-63 early in the
fourth, but that was the closest Golden State would get. Parker hit
a 3-pointer with 4:23 left for an 87-67 lead.
"A great effort, especially in the second half,'' said Duncan.
"Guys are really digging in and making a huge effort. And it's
good to see we're getting the job done.''
"They made a run and we gave up. They turned up the pressure in
the third and we caved,'' said Golden State coach Eric Musselman.
"It can bother us as coaches every night, but it has to bother the
guys that suit up if it's going to change.''
The Warriors went on a 12-6 run to end the half with a 45-42
lead. Jamison scored 10 of his 14 first-half points in that run.
The Spurs avenged their only loss of the year, at Golden State
last Thursday. San Antonio had defeated the Warriors 16 straight
times before that loss.
Spurs' point guard Speedy Claxton will undergo surgery to
repair his torn right labrum. Claxton suffered the injury during
the Spurs-Raptors game last Friday. the date of his surgery will be
determined later, but he is expected to be out 8-to-12 weeks. ...
The Warriors did not arrive in San Antonio from Dallas until
Tuesday morning. Mechanical difficulties with their plane kept them
grounded. ... Emanuel Ginobili left the game with 5:41 left in the
fourth after banging his right knee with Warriors' guard Jason
Richardson. He did not return. ... San Antonio was 8-of-15 from the