Jackson: Warriors showed fight without best player
Despite shooting just 39 percent, the Spurs handed Golden State their 30th straight regular season loss in San Antonio. (AP IMAGES)
Playing without point guard Stephen Curry, the Warriors missed several opportunities to tie or win the game in the final seconds and paid the price Friday night, taking a 76-74 loss to San Antonio.
The defeat extends Golden State's regular-season losing streak in San Antonio to 30 games.
Neither team played especially well, and neither team could exploit the deficiencies of the other. The veteran Spurs prevailed, barely, because they were able to extend late possessions.
With Curry out, Andre Iguodala started at point guard and responded with his worst game of the season. He finished with 9 points, two assists and six turnovers. His potential game-tying shot fell off the rim as the horn sounded.
The players most expected to absorb the loss of Curry--Klay Thompson and David Lee--combined to shoot 10-of-29 from the field. Thompson made 5 of 16 shots to finish with 11 points, Lee 5 of 13 to total 13.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 18 points.
Backup point guard Toney Douglas did his part to fill the scoring vacuum left with the absence of Curry, coming off the bench to finish with a game-high 21 points. He was the only Warrior in double figures before the fourth quarter.
Bogut led the Warriors with five assists, as the team suffered from an acute lack of ball movement. They totaled only 16 assists.
After David Lee made two free throws, cutting the lead to two (76-74) with 2:23 left to play, the Spurs simply held on.
The Warriors had two chances late, the first ending when a pass from Bogut was deflected out of bounds back to the Warriors, the second when Iguodala tried to beat Marco Belinelli on a drive, only to have the ball curl out.
The Spurs helped their cause immensely by grabbing six offensive rebounds in the final minutes.
Curry participated in the morning shoot-around and pregame warmups before it was decided he would not play in the game. He is listed as day-to-day and will be a game-time decision Saturday.
The Warriors meet another difficult road challenge on Saturday when they face Memphis at the FedEx Forum. The Warriors have lost their last nine games against the Grizzlies, including eight straight in Memphis. Their last win there came in April 2008.