Warriors pull away
on 3-point barrage
By Ben Martin
Special to The S.F. Examiner
OAKLAND — The Warriors may have been playing a team without four of its best players, but when the San Antonio Spurs are involved, Golden State always seems to get everything it can handle.
It was no different in Monday’s 116-106 Warriors victory, the final home game of the regular season for Golden State. The game remained close until midway through the fourth quarter, when a furious Warriors rally finally pushed the lead to double digits with a Stephen Curry 3-pointer that made it 99-87.
Before being removed with just under four minutes remaining, Curry nailed seven 3-pointers and has made 268 this season, one shy of the NBA record set by Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics during the 2007-08 season.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Kawai Leonard did not take the court for the Spurs, but it still took 35 points from Curry and 23 from Klay Thompson to pull out the win against the team the Warriors will likely face in the first round of the playoffs this weekend.
With Warriors center Andew Bogut missing his second straight game with an ankle injury, Festus Ezeli picked up the slack on defense with three blocks and a career-high 13 rebounds to go with eight points.
The victory marks the first time the Warriors have beaten the Spurs twice in a calendar year since 1997. The Warriors beat San Antonio at Orcale Arena on Feb. 22, and split the season series 2-2.
The Warriors will finish the regular season Wednesday in Portland before making their first trip to the postseason since 2007. They finished with a 28-13 record at Oracle Arena for the season.
NOTE: Warriors coach Mark Jackson said that although Bogut did not suit up Monday, he is optimistic about the Australian big man’s return to the court in the near future. “He’s going to continue to get treatment,” Jackson said. “Get closer to 100 percent, and then we’ll see how the body reacts, and we’re looking forward to having him on the floor. We’re certainly a better basketball team with him.”