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.


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"I guess the bright side 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.

"It's going to take a lot to beat those guys, and we knew that coming in, but to split the road trip and to have three home games in row back in the Bay, we're looking forward to that," Curry said.

Marreese Speights led the Warriors with 22 points and nine rebounds while Jordan Crawford added 16 points.

San Antonio led by as many as 17 points in the first half, and when the Warriors cut that lead to seven in the third quarter, the Spurs pushed the lead up to 20 by the start of the fourth quarter and capped off an 18-0 run.

Curry and Jackson were nevertheless pleased with the team's effort even as the Spurs led by as many as 26 points, with Tony Parker scoring 18 points and Tim Duncan adding 15.

The Warriors head into the final two weeks of the season knowing they'll be playing only one game out of the seven against a team currently with a winning record. So what will be the mindset for those contests?

"Treat it like playoff games," Curry said. "We know the records of most of the teams in the next four games are not that great, but that's kind of been our kryptonite at home.

"We have to approach it like we did the Dallas game, like we did the Memphis game, like we did the New York game for three quarters in order to try to take advantage of this stretch and get some guys back healthy."

  • General manager Bob Myers offered a statement of support for Jackson in wake of the reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine last week.

    "You have to be in a position with your head coach where you believe in him that he's making the right decision, and Mark's obviously done a tremendous job," Myers told KNBR.

  • O'Neal should have been whistled for goaltending on a play ruled as a blocked shot that preceded Curry's game-winner in the 122-120 overtime victory at Dallas, the NBA announced.

    "The exact trajectory of the ball when touched was impossible to ascertain with the naked eye, and the play was not reviewable," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement regarding the shot from Dallas' Monta Ellis.

    For more on the Warriors, see the Inside the Warriors blog at ibabuzz.com/warriors. Follow Diamond Leung on Twitter at twitter.com/diamond83.

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    at Warriors (46-29),
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