SAN ANTONIO — Golden State has not won a regular-season game at San Antonio since 1997, and Wednesday, the weary Warriors never seriously threatened to end that streak.
The Spurs extended their own winning streak this season to 19 games with a 111-90 win that came against a Warriors team missing three starters and making only eight players available to play significant minutes.
“We want to win, that's first and foremost,” coach Mark Jackson said. “But even the good or great teams I've played on, the mentality coming to Dallas and San Antonio was to win both and worst-case scenario split. We did that short-handed, and now it's about taking care of business moving forward.”
Jackson decided to rest Andre Iguodala, who is battling right knee tendinitis and played 41 minutes in the Warriors' overtime win the previous night at Dallas.
David Lee missed a fourth straight game due to a right hamstring strain, joining center Andrew Bogut in missing both games on the team's swing through Texas.
Jermaine O'Neal got the start at center, but after four minutes of action, the 35-year-old did not return because Jackson would not use him in any comeback effort against the NBA-best Spurs after the Warriors got down early.
“I was going to use wisdom,” Jackson said.
It added up to the battered Warriors settling for a split on the trip, allowing them to go home as healthy as they could have been with seven regular-season games remaining.
“I guess the bright side about tonight was we obviously got the job done last night,” said the Warriors' Stephen Curry, who had 11 points and 10 assists and did not play in the fourth quarter with the game out of hand.