(SportsNetwork.com) - The two best teams in the Western Conference clash in a
playoff rematch from last season when the Golden State Warriors visit the San
Antonio Spurs Friday night.
Both teams come into Friday's marquee matchup at 4-1 and share the best record
out west. The Indiana Pacers own the NBA's best mark at a perfect 5-0.
The Spurs dispatched the Warriors in six games of last season's Western
Conference semifinals. After an offseason of big moves, Golden State wants to
be considered in the upper echelon, a spot the Spurs have dwelled for almost
Golden State comes into Friday's contest 2-0 on a current four-game road trip.
They beat the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, then knocked off a gritty
Minnesota Timberwolves squad on Wednesday.
That win came at a price as Stephen Curry, the Warriors outstanding point
guard, suffered a left ankle bone bruise. He did not play in the fourth
quarter against Minny and is listed as day-to-day.
"It's fine. I was going to try and force and get back out there but you've got
to be smart long term about this being a nagging thing down the road," said
Klay Thompson picked up the slack for his backcourt mate with 30 points. David
Lee had an impressive night against Minnesota's bigs with 22 points and 15
rebounds, while Andre Iguodala managed 20 points.
The Warriors lead the NBA in scoring at 110.8 ppg and their plus-12.8 average
point differential is also first.
But things won't be that easy against the Spurs, last season's Western
San Antonio is coming off a 99-96 home victory over the Phoenix Suns on
Wednesday. The Spurs boast an All-Star caliber point guard themselves in Tony
Parker netted 15 of his 20 points in the final frame, including a go-ahead
jumper with 31.9 seconds left, to lift the Spurs to a 99-96 victory.
"We expect him to give us that offense and distribute the ball," Spurs head
coach Gregg Popovich said of Parker. "He's been doing it for a long, long time
Danny Green had 19 points for the Spurs, followed by 17 from future Hall of
Famer Tim Duncan, and 11 from Boris Diaw, who started in place of Tiago
Splitter against the Suns.
The Warriors won Game 2 in San Antonio during the postseason, but they have
dropped a staggering 29 consecutive games in Alamo City during the regular
The last time Golden State beat the Spurs on the road during the regular
season was Valentine's Day of 1997. Duncan was not yet a member of the Spurs.
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