The San Antonio Spurs are looking sharp lately, after clobbering the Suns last Saturday, the Spurs followed up with another easy victory this time against a short-handed Golden State Warriors squad.
Tim Duncan had 13 points, two rebounds, one steal and one block in just 11 minutes, Gary Neal added 17 points, and Tiago Splitter scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench, and the Spurs defeat the Warriors 120-99 on Monday night to move into the top spot in the Western Conference.
Manu Ginobli scored 12 points with four assists, Danny Green had 11 points and DeJuan Blair chipped in 10 points and five rebounds for the Spurs.
San Antonio, who won 17 of their last 20 games moved percentage points ahead of Oklahoma City in the race for the No. 1 seed in the West. The Thunder lost 92-77 to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Parker and Ginobili played 15 minutes each, while Duncan took only eight shots, part of coach Gregg Popovich's plan to keep his starters fresh for the postseason and perhaps get ready for tomorrow's rematch against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nate Robinson had a season-high 30 points, Klay Thompson scored 29 points, Dorell Wright added 17 points for Golden State, but it was not enough to beat the Spurs.
Popovich said before the game he was more concerned with his team's health than he was in trying to get a better seeding in the West, especially with the Spurs playing the first of three games in three nights.
"Trying to win is part of it, trying to stay healthy is part of it," said Popovich, who called this his deepest team ever in San Antonio. "That's got to be our main concern, not positioning."
Duncan and Parker started but went to the bench late in the first quarter after San Antonio scored 14 straight points to take a comfortable lead.
The Warriors played without Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andris Biedrins and former Spur Richard Jefferson, and didn't put up much of a fight in losing their fifth straight game.
San Antonio led by 15 points at the end of the first quarter and was ahead 51-30 early in the second before Golden State made a mini run that forced Popovich to put Duncan and Parker back in.
Duncan quickly made a layup and two long jumpers, Parker added two free throws and the Spurs went up 70-49 at halftime.
Even with most of their starters resting on the bench, San Antonio continued to pull away in the second half.
Neal, Green and Matt Bonner made consecutive 3-pointers to make it 80-55.
Two free throws by Patty Mills later pushed the Spurs lead to 94-62, their largest for the night.
Golden State have lost 14 straight games to San Antonio.
The Spurs will face the Los Angeles Lakers tomorrow night at the Staples Center.
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)