SAN ANTONIO -- There is the occasional night when circumstance gives the spotlight to a guy who normally works in the shadows. The supporting actor steps to center stage, the pit crew is credited for its race car's victory or a bricklayer gets a nod from Better Homes and Garden.

Or, in the case of the Warriors, center Felton Spencer gets credit for a Warriors victory.

Friday was such a night, Spencer leading them to a 108-94 win over the San Antonio Spurs with season highs in minutes (34), rebounds (11) and blocked shots (five).

"I thought he was just terrific the whole night, " Warriors Coach Rick Adelman said. "I wanted to keep Felton on the floor as much as possible. You watch him, he's just such a professional. Even when we're struggling, he stays the same. What he does for us, it was a big part of the win."

Now, granted, Spencer was the only 7-footer in shorts the Alamodome had to offer, with both David Robinson and Will Perdue sitting on the bench in street clothes next to Sean Elliott and Charles Smith, making the Spurs (12-36) look more like an advertisement for a big-and-tall clothing chain than a basketball team.

But Spencer didn't make his mark by simply towering over 6-10 Greg "Cadillac" Anderson in the paint. As usual, the Warriors' perimeter defense was anything but airtight, thereby depending upon Spencer to slide over to close off the lane to the basket, a job that shows up on the stat sheet in copious fouls and limited minutes.

"Of all the guys on the team, he filled in so much for us," Adelman said.


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Spencer also showed a little passing panache, threading a bounce pass to give Chris Mullin a layup with a second on the shot clock.

"I don't get a lot of assists, so I have to take them when I get them," Spencer said. "I have to bring out the passing skills."

"We need to break that out," Mullin said. "We didn't know what we were doing, but we got it done."

Spencer, unaccustomed to such plaudits, jokingly groused about having to appear on a postgame radio show as a star of the game.

"Didn't get me anything but late for my shower," he said, laughing. "I came into the game pretty much like the others, just trying to do what I can for the team. Some nights I'm going to be a lot more visible on the stat sheet. (Friday) was my opportunity."

The Warriors, collectively, seemed to sense early on that this was their chance to sweep their first back-to-back set of games this season after defeating the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night and then finding a Spurs team reduced to running its offense through 6-8 forward Monty Williams before Williams left in the third quarter because of what is suspected to be a fractured right wrist, with further tests scheduled for today.

But, as has happened all too often this season, the Warriors' confidence bred defensive nonchalance and allowed the Spurs to stay within striking distance, primarily off 20 offensive rebounds. An 11-point first-quarter lead shrank to five before the end of the period. A nine-point second-quarter lead evaporated, Cory Alexander burying a three-pointer for a 46-45 lead. The Warriors regained the lead for good, 49-47, on a driving fast-break layup by Spencer, but the bulge continued to fluctuate, from as much as 13 to as little as four in the third quarter.

"I think we definitely (got overconfident)," Adelman said. "That's why we'd get a lead and then they'd come back. Sacramento is a better team, and we're not going to be able to get away with that."

The Warriors face the Kings Sunday night at Arco Arena in a battle of teams trying to get an angle on the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

Latrell Sprewell led the Warriors with 32 points and Joe Smith added 20 Friday.

"I don't think anybody's kidding themselves that we beat two real quality teams," said Mark Price, who once more provided a three-point threat off the bench, burying 3 of 5 and scoring 11 points. "But the attitude coming into the game and the way we've played is miles from the way we went into the (All-Star) break. Sacramento will be a good test for us. They're kind of the next step up."

WARRIORS FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF TP

Mullin 32 7-12 2-3 1-3 5 3 18

Smith 45 6-20 8-8 4-13 1 0 20

Spencer 34 3-6 1-2 4-11 1 4 7

Sprewell 46 12-22 5-5 0-4 7 2 32

Armstrong 19 2-6 2-2 0-2 1 1 7

Coles 29 3-6 2-2 0-6 5 2 9

DeClercq 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 2

Price 20 4-8 0-0 0-2 4 1 11

Royal 8 0-1 2-2 1-3 1 2 2

Owes 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0

Totals 240 38-83 22-24 10-45 25 19 108

S.A. FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF TP

Williams 15 3-9 2-2 2-2 1 3 8

Herrera 29 3-11 3-3 4-10 0 2 9

Anderson 38 2-9 3-6 6-17 0 1 7

Maxwell 31 4-14 4-6 0-2 1 2 14

Johnson 37 1-3 0-0 0-1 11 3 2

Del Negro 24 4-8 3-4 1-3 1 2 11

Wilkins 32 8-17 5-7 1-5 1 3 22

Feick 10 2-4 1-2 3-3 1 0 6

Alexander 24 6-11 1-1 3-4 1 2 15

Totals 240 33-86 22-31 20-47 17 18 94

Golden State 27 33 21 27 - 108

San Antonio 22 31 24 17 - 94

FG% - G.S. .458, S.A. .384 FT% - G.S. .917, S.A. .710. Three-point goals - G.S. 10-23, .435 (Price 3-5, Sprewell 3-7, Mullin 2-5, Armstrong 1-3, Coles 1-3), S.A. 6-20, .300 (Alexander 2-4, Maxwell 2-7, Feick 1-1, Wilkins 1-6, Del Negro 0-2). Team Rebounds - G.S. 6, S.A. 11. Blocked shots - G.S. 9 (Spencer 5, Mullin, Smith, Owes, Royal), S.A. 10 (Herrera 4, Anderson 3, Johnson, Wilkins, Feick). Turnovers - G.S. 10 (Sprewell 3, Smith, Armstrong, Coles, Price, Owes, team 2), S.A. 12 (Anderson 4, Alexander 4, Williams 2, Herrera, Maxwell). Steals - G.S. 7 (Spencer 2, Sprewell 2, Smith, Armstrong, Coles), S.A. 5 (Anderson 2, Williams, Maxwell, Alexander).

A - 14,501.