Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Saturday, December 6th
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Spurs123
Game 2: Monday, February 2nd
Spurs110Final
OT
Warriors105
Game 3: Tuesday, March 24th
Warriors106Final
Spurs107
Game 4: Monday, April 13th
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Warriors72

Spurs 101

(53-28, 26-15 away)

Warriors 72

(29-52, 21-20 home)

    Coverage: KENS

    10:30 PM ET, April 13, 2009

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 29 28 24 20101
    GS 24 14 13 2172

    Top Performers

    San Antonio: D. Gooden 20 Pts, 15 Reb

    Golden State: A. Randolph 24 Pts, 16 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Parker, Duncan help Spurs keep pace with Rockets in Southwest

    Associated Press

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Although the San Antonio Spurs would love to win the Southwest Division, they've won enough championships to realize nobody cares about a division title in June.

    Until the race for playoff seeding is decided Wednesday, Tim Duncan and his teammates just plan to keep winning -- which is a bit easier against an opponent with just seven players.

    Fast Facts

    • The Spurs improved to 29-2 this season when scoring over 100 points.

    • The Spurs outrebounded the Warriors 59 to 43.

    • The Spurs also improved to 48-0 since the 1995-96 season when holding opponents to 72 points or fewer.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    Tony Parker scored 17 points and Duncan added 16 points and 13 rebounds before both stars sat out the fourth quarter, and the Spurs kept pace with Houston atop the division with a 101-72 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

    Drew Gooden had 20 points and 15 rebounds in his hometown as the Spurs won their third straight to stay even at 53-28 with the Rockets and Portland, who both won earlier in the night. Their three-team race for home-court advantage in the playoffs' first round comes down to all three teams' finales Wednesday -- and even if the Spurs don't get help from the Rockets, Duncan thinks they'll be better off for being pushed.

    "We need our rhythm, we need some confidence, and we need to play well against some of the elite teams in the West," said Duncan, who looked fairly sharp after sitting out Sunday night's game against Sacramento to rest his aching knees. "Whatever happens, happens. We're going to go in there [against New Orleans] and try to take that game and figure out what happens."

    If Houston and San Antonio both win their regular-season finales on Wednesday, the Rockets will win a complex tiebreaker and get the No. 3 playoff seed, while San Antonio could end up starting the postseason on the road against the Trail Blazers.

    Although the Spurs have improved lately, their middling stretch of play over the past month has forced them to root for the rival Mavericks on Wednesday if they hope to win the Southwest.

    If San Antonio beats the Hornets and Houston wins at Dallas in their finales, they'll have identical marks in the NBA's first two postseason tiebreakers: their records against the division and the Western Conference. The third tiebreaker is the clubs' record against West playoff teams, which will give the No. 3 seed to Houston.

    If the Mavericks beat Houston, they'll surge past New Orleans into sixth place in the West -- and if the Spurs beat the Hornets, they'll meet Dallas in the first round.

    "We want to win them all out," Gooden said. "The seedings are like the stock market. Every day, it's changing. Other teams have got to play, and our main thing is to finish out the season winning."

    Anthony Randolph had career highs of 24 points and 16 rebounds, and C.J. Watson added 18 points for the Warriors, who had their worst offensive game in more than four years with just seven available players. Injured guard Marco Belinelli again had to dress for the game just to give Golden State the NBA-minimum eight in uniform.

    "We've been showing a lot of heart the last couple of games, to keep competing with as few players as we had," Randolph said.

    The tiny contingent that improbably beat Utah last Saturday with 38 points from Watson had little chance against the Spurs, who led by 30 points midway through the third quarter. Golden State scored just 14 points in the second quarter and 13 in the third.

    "I thought our defense in the third quarter was the game-breaker for us," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We played real good D in the third, but obviously, the Warriors were at a huge disadvantage. I think having so few players finally caught up with them. They had been working really hard, and to win in Utah was great. It's hard to sustain that with so few guys."

    Roger Mason scored 14 points for San Antonio, which finished the second quarter in Oakland on a 19-6 run to take a 57-38 halftime lead. The Spurs surged to a 77-44 lead midway through the third, when three of the Warriors' four starters -- Kelenna Azubuike, Ronny Turiaf and Anthony Morrow -- were a combined 4-for-29.

    "We didn't have much energy. I think we left it in Utah," coach Don Nelson said. "Besides that, we lost our confidence. We missed too many shots, and then they had their way with us. We'll take our licking and move on."

    Golden State played one last home game without Jamal Crawford (lower back), Corey Maggette (concussion), Monta Ellis (ankle), Stephen Jackson (foot surgery), Brandan Wright (shoulder) and Belinelli, who has barely played in the last six weeks while battling an ankle injury and turf toe.

    The Warriors declined to sign any players simply to fill out the roster -- no surprise for a strange team that occasionally benched Crawford and Jackson when they were healthy earlier in the season.

    Game notes


    About the only problem in San Antonio's evening occurred early in the fourth quarter, when Oracle Arena security apparently had to remove a heckler by force from the row of seats behind their bench. ... Mason banked in a 3-pointer from straightaway just past midcourt at the first-quarter buzzer. ... Azubuike missed 10 of his first 11 shots for Golden State. He finished 4-for-21 after making his final shot.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SA
    GS
    Points 101 72
    FGM-FGA 37-85 (.435) 28-82 (.341)
    3PM-3PA 8-21 (.381) 2-10 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 19-30 (.633) 14-19 (.737)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-59 9-43
    Assists 21 11
    Turnovers 11 10
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 0 8
    Fast Break Points 17 23
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 38 2

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Golden State
    Drew Gooden Gooden
    Points: 20
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Anthony Randolph Randolph
    Points: 24
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 1