SAN FRANCISCO (NWN) — Derrick White scored 25 points, DeJonte Murray had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held a furious rally to beat the Golden State Warriors 112-107 on Saturday night.
Spurs finished the game 8–1 for their fourth consecutive win.
Stephen Curry scored 27 points and Jordan Poole added 15 points for Golden State, playing the night after breaking Phoenix’s 18-game winning streak in the NBA’s top teams matchup.
White hit a go-forward 3-pointer with 1:43 in the game, giving the Spurs a 107-106 lead.
“We don’t panic,” White said. “Those three were up and we just responded and found a way to win. It’s not a good recipe for success. We want to maintain the lead we have, but just stick with it, compete and have a good tonight.” Things happened.
“We knew they were going to go on a run. They’re warriors, they’ve been doing this for years.”
The Warriors were trailing 22 at the start of the second quarter and 18 in the third quarter.
“We are thrilled because they are who they are and we can still win even though we know we have caught a break,” said Spurs coach Greg Popovich.
Murray hit a 3-pointer in the third with 8:15 to give San Antonio an 80-62 lead.
The Warriors rallied to a 104-103 lead with 2:39 on Curry’s step-back 3-pointer, which uncovered a 21-4 run.
Lonnie Walker IV scored 21 points coming off the bench and Keldon Johnson added 15 points for the Spurs.
“The Spurs were great,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “They took it to us from the beginning. They came in to play well, they had a ton of energy, they ran right after us, right behind us.
“We were having a hard time moving on, but the fact that our guys gave themselves a chance with that competition in the second half showed what kind of team we have and what kind of people we have. “
Damian Lee scored 14 points and Draymond Green had nine points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Golden State.
“He really nailed his championship by coming back and playing as hard as he could,” Popovich said.
“You can see why this is a special event and why they are championship-caliber guys. It’s not just about talent, it’s all other things and they’ve got that in spades.”
The Warriors have won 11 consecutive home games since January 3, 2015 to March 29, 2016 with 54 straight wins, which is their longest home winning streak. All 11 wins were by double digits on their most recent home win streak.
Spurs: Monday night in Phoenix. The Phoenix defeated the Spurs 115–111 on November 22 in the only meeting between the teams this season.
Warriors: Host Orlando Monday night. The Golden State hasn’t been defeated by magic at home since December 3, 2012.
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