The San Antonio Spurs failed to get much production from their star guards on Thursday night but Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli stepped up in the fourth quarter to hold off a late rally by the Golden State Warriors in Game Six at Oracle Arena, 94-82, to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
Parker entered the fourth quarter having scored just three points, but scored 10 points off two three-point shots and four free throws with under four minutes remaining. Ginobli scored his lone field goal in the fourth quarter off a driving layup to extend the Spurs lead to five points with just under 10 minutes remaining, and also dished out 11 assists. The duo converted a total of four of their 22 shots.
"I just kept believing in me," said Parker. "My teammates, they were behind me. They would keep telling me, `Keep shooting, they'll go in."
It was the San Antonio frontcourt that boosted the Spurs past Golden State. Tiago Splitter, Tim Duncan, and Kawhi Leonard combined to score 49 points off 19-of-34 shooting, to go along with four blocks and four steals.
The Warriors' spirited run through the playoffs ended with disappointment due to a poor shooting effort. Golden State shot just 38.8 percent from the field, and were out-rebounded 46-40. High-scoring guard Stephen Curry scored 22 points on 10-of-25 shooting.
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With less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Warriors trailed by 13 points. From there, Golden State crept back into contention behind the scoring of Jarrett Jack, who finished with 15 points. In the end, it wasn't enough, as the Spurs' feisty defense was too much for the young Warriors squad.
"It's inspiring to think of what we were able to accomplish this year and the foundation that has been laid," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said.
The No. 2 seed Spurs will next face the fifth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies, who defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games.