Spurs beat Warriors 102-92 in Game 3
Down and dominated during most of the first two games at home, the San Antonio Spurs once again showed why nobody should ever count them out.
Tony Parker scored 25 of his 32 points in a sizzling first half, Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs quieted the Golden State Warriors and their rowdy sellout crowd in a 102-92 victory Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
''We made shots and they didn't have as good a night shooting the ball,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''Sometimes it's as simple as that.''
Kawhi Leonard finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Parker added five assists and five boards to help the Spurs wrestle back home-court advantage from the Warriors after withstanding a brief fourth-quarter rally.
San Antonio outshot Golden State 50.6 to 39.3 percent and curbed streaky shooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for the first time in the series.
Thompson scored 17 points on 7-of-20 shooting, while Curry had 16 points on 5 of 17 from the floor and sprained his left ankle again in the final minutes. Curry was icing his ankle in the locker room and his status moving forward is unclear.
Andrew Bogut added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State but was saddled with foul trouble most of the second half. Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Oakland.
Most of Golden State's yellow-shirt wearing crowd of 19,596 silenced after Curry came off a curl and his left ankle - which he sprained in Game 2 in the first round against Denver but seemed to be back to full strength - landed awkwardly when he planted his feet to receive the ball. Curry limped around but stayed in the game, with nervous chants of ''Curry! Curry!'' breaking out.
Reported by the Associated Press