10:30 PM ET, December 19, 2013
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
The Golden State Warriors gave their best effort their last time out.
At the same time, the San Antonio Spurs didn’t miss a beat in their first game without Tony Parker.
Tonight the Warriors will try to impress YouWager fans with a victory versus the visiting Spurs, which will be without their All-Star point guard again.
Golden State (14-12) had dropped nine of 14 before easily beating the New Orleans Pelicans 104-93 on Tuesday. Stephen Curry led the way with 28 points and 12 assists and David Lee scored 21 to go with a season-high 17 rebounds.
The Warriors also got help from Andre Iguodala, who played 17 minutes in his first game back since missing 12 with a left hamstring injury. The 29 year-old All-Star had just two points and two assists but figures to play a much bigger role going forward.
Iguodala, averaging 12.1 points and 6.0 assists, is also shooting 53.5 percent — well above his career mark of 46.1.
After losing Parker to a bruised shin in Monday’s 115-92 defeat versus the Los Angeles Clippers, the Spurs (20-5) recovered two nights later with a 108-101 victory versus the Phoenix Suns. Manu Ginobili scored 11 of his season-high 24 points in the final four-plus minutes while Tim Duncan added 17 and 13 boards.
Ginobili went on to add seven assists and six rebounds as San Antonio scored 25 points off 19 turnovers.
The Spurs beat Golden State 76-74 in the first meeting Nov. 8 behind a team-high 18 points from Parker. While according to the NBA live lines San Antonio is 18-2 in the last 20 regular-season games, those two losses came in their last two visits to Golden State.
The Spurs are 53-10 in the series dating to April 1998, including last season’s Western Conference semifinals, and must replace Parker’s 18.9 points per game — his highest average against any other basketball team.
San Antonio is 12-1 when Ginobili dishes out at least five assists.