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Warriors beat Spurs for first time since 2008, snapping a 16-game losing streak against them

Feb 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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It’s got to be the jerseys.

The Spurs came into Friday night’s game against the Warriors having won 16 of their last 17 games, and were coming off of a thorough shellacking of the L.A. Clippers just the night before. San Antonio also hadn’t lost to Golden State since 2008, holding a streak of 16 consecutive wins over the Warriors franchise since then.

None of that mattered to Jarrett Jack, who hit a ton of big shots in the fourth quarter and overtime to lift the Warriors to a huge 107-101 win over the top team in the Western Conference.

Golden State debuted their alternate jerseys for the first time, ones that have short sleeves attached instead of the traditional tank-top look that’s been a staple in the league essentially forever. The look took some getting used to, and may have been more successful had the color of the shorts matched exactly, instead of being a shade darker and featuring pinstripes that were absent from the jerseys themselves.

The Warriors will likely sign up to wear them every night, however, if this is going to be the result.

After battling closely all night with the Spurs, San Antonio did what it always seems to, which is continue to execute to perfection while waiting for you to eventually make some mistakes.

The Spurs opened the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run, gaining their largest lead of the night at 13 points with under nine minutes to play. That’s usually game over for most teams, but the Warriors came back relatively quickly, and tied the game less than three minutes later.

Jack hit a big-time three with seven seconds left in regulation to give his team a two-point lead, before Harrison Barnes got lost on the ensuing Spurs out of bounds play, and allowed Manu Ginobili to receive a pass cutting to the basket for a layup which set us up for the overtime session.

Jack made the biggest play in overtime, breaking away for a reverse layup after a steal from Stephen Curry that put the Warriors up for good with a minute and a half remaining. According to ESPN Stats and Information, he was the first player with at least 30 points and 10 assists off the bench in a game since Magic Johnson did it back in 1996.

The Spurs might have run out of gas on the second night of the back-to-back, and may have been stunned by how quickly and effectively the Warriors were able to respond to that fourth-quarter run. Tim Duncan looked old in this one, and made some mistakes we’re not used to seeing him make, and Jack was phenomenal, as he’s been all year for this Warriors team.

Or, it might have been that the whole jersey thing simply threw them off. Either way, it was a huge win for the Warriors to notch their second straight after suffering a six-game losing streak, and the Spurs, still three games ahead of the Thunder atop the Western Conference standings, probably aren’t going to lose any sleep over it.

  1. mgscott - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Regular season= preseason

    • kingbeason52 - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Then maybe you shouldent give anymore of your opinions until the playoffs roll around…

      • manchestermiracle - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        And if they’re anything like that one perhaps scott could just spare us any more whatsoever….

  2. acdc363 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    That was a great game

  3. unxpexted1 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I really think Jarret Jack should be in the discussion for 6th man of the year.

    • eventhorizon04 - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM


      He’s also in a contract year, so he’s going to get paid (and deservedly so) after this season.

  4. claymatthewsisonsteroids - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I think the Spurs were affected by how ugly those jerseys were…

  5. deavn - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    It was the Jerseys. There’s secret powers in the Jersey that gives Jarrett Jack supernatural ability.

  6. deavn - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    It was the Jerseys. There’s secret powers in the Jersey that gives Jarrett Jack supernatural ability.

  7. baymac408 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    I love watching my favorite team play like that!! Great game for all basketball fans!! Lets go WARRIORS!! Playoff run we are ready out here!!! Jarret Jack aka too short for 6th man!! He’s been on it all year.. Solid!

  8. anthonyjnovelli - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Why are they wearing soccer jerseys?

  9. doublezero74 - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I like this GS team. Mark Jackson is going a great job and the team is fun to watch. I’ll be pulling for them to make some noise in the playoffs.

  10. mgscott - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Beason, Golden State is 1 and done in the playoffs. No need to cry so much.

    • steviemo - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      That’s what they said a few years ago when the Warriors took out the #1 seed (Dallas) in the first round.

      • jeffharwell3 - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        not ifthey play the clippers in rd 1… the dubs can run with anyone

      • jeffharwell3 - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        not if they play the clippers in rd 1… the dubs can run with anyone

  11. gswgoboom - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Where was that defense we saw last night during the losing streak?

  12. baymac408 - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Fa real we need to keep up defensive intensity

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