San Antonio Spurs beat Golden State Warriors to regain play-off series lead
San Antonio regain slim home-court advantage ahead of trip to Golden State in second round
Agence France-Presse in Oakland
Tony Parker scored 25 of his 32 points in the first half to give the San Antonio Spurs an early boost in a 102-92 NBA play-off win over the Golden State Warriors.
The victory gave the Spurs a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series. They regained home-court advantage after the Warriors had come away from the first two games in San Antonio with a 1-1 split.
Golden State will host the Spurs in game four tonight.
Tim Duncan scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Manu Ginobili scored all 12 of his points in the second half for the Spurs, who shot 50.6 per cent from the field, while holding the Warriors to 30.9 per cent.
"It's a big win for us," Parker said. "We didn't play well the first two games at home.
"I think it was the first time in the series we played Spurs basketball," he added. "We got a lot more physical, played pretty good defence and on offence we moved the ball."
Klay Thompson scored 17 points for Golden State, whose sharpshooter Stephen Curry added 16 but was held to five of 17 shooting from the floor.
Parker said the Spurs expect the Warriors to bounce back.
"It's going to be a long series. It's only one win," he said. "I expect Golden State to come back and make some adjustments and play better on Sunday. We're going to have to match that, and match the energy."
In Chicago, LeBron James scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Miami Heat to a 104-94 victory over the Bulls in another bruising encounter in their Eastern Conference play-off series.
The Heat, who are the reigning NBA champions, took a 2-1 lead over the Bulls in their best-of-seven series, which continues tomorrow at Chicago.
Chris Bosh added 20 points and a play-off career-high 19 rebounds for the Heat. Norris Cole added 18 as Miami followed up their 115-78 blowout victory on Wednesday by pulling off a close one. The game was tied 70-70 after three quarters, but Miami outscored the Bulls 34-24 in the final period to gain the victory.
James connected on just six of 17 from the floor but hit all 11 of his free throws. He added eight rebounds and seven assists for the Heat.
"Well, nothing's going to be easy in this series, and this is another example of that," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We just have to find a way. We didn't play particularly well, a lot of that had to do with Chicago.
"In the fourth quarter, we found a way, even if it wasn't the prettiest way, to get this win."