Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Wednesday, October 30th
Game 2: Tuesday, November 5th
Game 3: Friday, January 3rd
Game 4: Wednesday, February 5th

Spurs 103


Warriors 99

(21-27, 15-11 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, February 5, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 33 32 16 22103
    GS 18 31 26 2499

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 30 Pts, 12 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    GS: G. Arenas 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Duncan scores 30, pulls down 12 rebounds

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs seemed headed for an easy victory when Golden State staged a comeback, just what Tim Duncan expected.

     Tim Duncan

    That always seems to happen when these two teams play.

    Duncan had 30 points, 12 rebounds and five assists before fouling out with 2:51 left and the Spurs never trailed in a 103-99 win over the Warriors on Wednesday night.

    "They always find a way to make it a game," Duncan said. "But we made big shots. We didn't want to go on a break before the (All-Star) break."

    Tony Parker added 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Stephen Jackson had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who almost blew it after building a big early lead. Jackson made a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to seal the win.

    The Warriors immediately fell behind and were left to try to play catch-up the entire game against the hot-shooting Spurs, who made their first six 3-pointers and shot 56 percent in the first half.

    Golden State, which had won its previous three home games, was led by Gilbert Arenas with 28 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter. Jason Richardson added 16 points and six rebounds. Arenas also had seven rebounds and four assists before fouling out with 1.8 left.

    "I took a cold shower at half and then was ready to go," said Arenas, who had four points at halftime. "It was my fault in the first half. I got frustrated with the refs and couldn't get out of it."

    The Spurs withstood an impressive comeback effort by the Warriors, who trailed by only six points entering the fourth quarter after being behind by as many as 18.

    Arenas scored 10 straight to tie the game at 88 with 5:53 left, but the Warriors then went cold on offense and missed some crucial free throws, including two by Erick Dampier. Arenas hit a 3-pointer with 1:26 remaining, but missed the next time down the floor.

    Richardson scored five straight points during one stretch in the third quarter to get Golden State back in it.

    The Spurs were smart down the stretch, picking up their defensive pressure and taking better care of the ball after committing a season-high 27 turnovers in a win at Miami on Saturday. They finished with 10 turnovers.

    David Robinson, who will retire after the season, started his final game in Oakland despite soreness in his right knee. He had only six points and six rebounds, but he scored a putback dunk on a miss by Parker with 2:26 left.

    "I didn't want to lose my last game here," he said. "It feels good. I saw a lot of signs and jerseys."

    San Antonio spoiled what would have been a notable victory for Golden State. The Warriors have 21 wins and were looking to surpass their victory total from last season. The franchise has not won more than 21 games in a season since finishing 30-52 in 1995-96.

    Now, the Warriors will have to wait until after the All-Star break to do it, but Eric Musselman's team has exceeded the first-year coach's expectations so far.

    "It's a disappointing loss, yet we still have 21 wins at the break," he said. "If there's someone who hasn't said we've gone beyond expectations, they're smoking something funny."

    The Warriors finished 1-3 against the Spurs this season, and had lost 16 in a row to San Antonio coming into 2002-03.

    The Spurs still must play at Denver on Thursday in their final game before the All-Star break. They follow the break with a tough road trip: at Portland, at Los Angeles to face the Lakers, then at Sacramento.

    San Antonio led 65-49 at halftime. The Spurs' 65 points at the half were just two fewer than they had all game in their 67-65 win at Miami _ a game which saw the teams combine for the ninth-fewest points since the 24-second shot clock was introduced in 1954.

    Game notes
    Musselman is giving his players Thursday off leading into the All-Star break. Troy Murphy, Richardson and Arenas are all playing for the sophomore squad in the Rookie Challenge on Saturday in Atlanta. Musselman will be in Atlanta and plans to take the three to dinner. ``I'm just kind of there in case they get bored,'' Musselman said. ``I'll have my cell phone on.'' He was looking forward to hanging out with his players and not having to be an authority figure. ... F Antawn Jamison watched the Warriors finish a combined 140 games below .500 in his first four NBA seasons. ... Duncan left the game for nearly two minutes in the fourth quarter after hurting his right groin. He shot 11-for-20 and made all eight of his free throws.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 99
    FGM-FGA 35-83 (.422) 35-79 (.443)
    3PM-3PA 7-17 (.412) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 26-30 (.867) 24-33 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-45 12-45
    Assists 25 19
    Turnovers 10 13
    Steals 5 5
    Blocks 8 4
    Fast Break Points 7 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Golden State
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 30
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 28
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0