Tony Parker had 18 points and eight assists and Duncan had 15 points and eight rebounds and San Antonio rolled to a 111-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, extending the Spurs‘ franchise record winning streak to 19 games.
“They’re playing amazing right now,” Golden State guard Stephen Curry said. “That’s the best in the league right now.”
San Antonio (59-16) extended its league-leading record to four games over the Thunder (54-19) ahead of their matchup Thursday night in Oklahoma City.
“Our minutes stayed low and it’s just like Pop likes it, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow (against Oklahoma City),” Duncan said.
After struggling with his outside shot for much of the season, Duncan is regaining his soft touch just in time for San Antonio’s 17th consecutive postseason appearance.
He finished 7 for 11 from the field, including 6-for-7 shooting in the first half on a series of soft jumpers, bank shots and a dunk.
“The Big Dog is always a key for us,” Spurs reserve post Jeff Ayres said. “We pretty much go as he goes. If he’s hooping like that, it just lifts everybody up. It opens everything up for everybody else.”
Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills scored 13 points apiece, Marco Belinelli had 12 and Kawhi Leonard 11.
Klay Thompson finished with 15 points and Stephen Curry 11 for Golden State, which was playing on the second night of back-to-back games.
The “Splash Brothers” struggled offensively, especially in the first half against San Antonio’s perpetual motion.
“Just the way they move the ball,” Curry said. “It seems like they’re always on the attack. They force you to make decisions on both ends of the floor.”