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                    === Shorthanded Spurs edge Warriors ===
 
 Oakland,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Playing without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili,
 and  Tony  Parker, the  San Antonio  Spurs walked  out of  Oracle Arena with a
 stunning 104-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
 
 With  the game tied at 102, Marco Belinelli's jumper with 6.9 seconds left was
 off  the mark  and Boris Diaw recovered  the rebound in traffic. He missed his
 layup  attempt, but  Tiago Splitter was there  to tip in his miss to break the
 tie with 2.1 seconds left.
 
 It  was  unclear if the ball  was off the rim  when Splitter tipped it in, but
 since  goaltending  was not  called  on  the  court,  the officials  were  not
 permitted to review the sequence.
 
 On  the ensuing possession, Andre Iguodala inbounded to Stephen Curry, who was
 smothered  by a pair  of San Antonio defenders and threw a deep, one-handed 3-
 pointer up at the buzzer that was well off the mark.
 
 Belinelli  scored  a career-high  28 points on  10-of-16 shooting, while Kawhi
 Leonard  and  Patty  Mills  deposited  season-highs with  21  and  20  points,
 respectively,  for the  Spurs, who wrapped up their four-game road trip with a
 3-1 mark.
 
 "It happens a lot in the league, when players are hurt and other players want
 to prove something. They want to show the coach they should be getting more
 minutes. The coach doesn't know what...he's doing, so to speak, so they come
 out and play hard," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
 
 Curry  finished with  30 points  on 6-of-16  shooting from  deep and  added 15
 assists  in the  setback. David Lee contributed a double-double with 32 points
 and 13 rebounds, while Andrew Bogut had eight points and 18 boards.
 
 Klay Thompson finished with 13 points and was just 1-of-7 from beyond the arc.
 
 Parker  missed  his second  straight game  because of  a right shin contusion,
 while Duncan and Ginobili were held out to rest.
 
 San Antonio scored 31 points off of 24 Golden State turnovers.
 
 "We were careless and that gave them life. Twenty-four turnovers and 31 points
 off of turnovers -- (it's) tough to win ballgames that way That's not what
 championship-caliber teams do," said Warriors coach Mark Jackson.
 
 Lee  scored  seven points during a  9-2 run to  open the fourth to pull Golden
 State within one, 84-83.
 
 After a pair of free throws from Belinelli, Thompson buried a 3-pointer to tie
 the game at 86 with 8:37 remaining.
 
 Later, Curry hit a three to put the Warriors up 91-89 which was Golden State's
 first lead since early in the third.
 
 Diaw  then made a tough layup in traffic before Mills and Curry traded baskets
 as San Antonio held a one-point advantage with just over five minutes to play.
 
 The  lead remained one  when Leonard hit a hook-shot to extend the cushion but
 Thompson made a layup off a nice feed from Bogut.
 
 Diaw and Splitter worked a nice give-and-go and Diaw finished with a layup for
 a 102-99 lead with 47.6 ticks left.
 
 Curry's  floater was  off the  mark and  Iguodala grabbed  the loose  ball and
 passed  back to Curry, who side-stepped a defender and hit a triple to tie the
 game at 102 and set up the dramatic ending.
 
 Golden  State  led by as many  as 12 in the  first quarter, but only brought a
 23-18 advantage into the second frame.
 
 The  Warriors opened  the  second on  an  11-2 run  to  increase the  cushion.
 Marreese  Speights scored  the  final six  points  of the  spurt  to give  the
 Warriors a 34-20 advantage.
 
 The  Spurs  answered with a 19-4  burst midway through the stanza. Danny Green
 hit a pair of 3-pointers and Leonard scored nine points during the run to help
 the Spurs to a 39-38 lead. San Antonio held a 53-51 advantage at the break.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Spurs are now 2-0 against Golden State this season and snapped a two-game
 losing  streak  at Oracle Arena  ... Golden  State shot 8-of-31 (25.8 percent)
 from  beyond the  arc ... Splitter was  1-for-7 from the field ... San Antonio
 returns home to face the Thunder on Saturday ... Golden State hosts the Lakers
 Saturday.
 
 12/20 02:39:18 ET