OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Eric Musselman's approach to motivating the Golden State Warriors helped provide a stunning result in the season opener.
Antawn Jamison poured in 36 points and Jason Richardson added 22 as the Warriors made Musselman's coaching debut a success by ending a 16-game losing streak to the San Antonio Spurs with a 106-98 victory.
Musselman, the youngest coach in the league, was hired to resurrect a franchise coming off three consecutive 60-loss seasons. Known for his coaching bloodlines and creative methods, the 37-year-old handed out shirts to his players on the first day of training camp which had Golden State atop the Pacific Division with an 0-0 record.
"We tried a few cosmetic things to let our guys know it's a new season, a new beginning," Musselman said. "Still, it boils down to playing between the lines on opening night and here on out. So it's nice and it's made for some interesting stories but the bottom line is producing."
Musselman, who also favors using fiery motivational speeches, has painted the locker room a different color and instituted a dress code. He certainly has the attention of his players.
"This year, if we hang in there and play all the way 'til the end, that's a testament to Eric Musselman," Warriors center Adonal Foyle said. "He's always talking to us about continuing pursuing the game until the end, pursuing it until there's a result. Once he's said it, enough guys start believing that stuff.
"He keeps yapping it up. I don't know what that man puts in his coffee but he just yaps and yaps all day long. He appreciates good work and he'll tell you when you're playing well and tell you when playing badly. So you start having confidence in him that he'll be honest with you and that's what guys need in this league."
Golden State never trailed in the second half. It used a 13-5 run for a 73-61 lead on a dunk by Foyle with 2:23 left in the third period. The Spurs closed the quarter with the final nine points to climb within three.
The Warriors quickly established themselves as a 3-pointer by Jamison and a dunk by Richardson made it 83-72. Jamison's jumper gave them their largest lead at 97-83 with 3:36 to go.
The Spurs ripped off nine straight points to get within 97-92 on a basket by Argentine rookie Emanuel Ginobili with 78 seconds remaining. Jamison and Richardson each made a pair from the line to help seal the victory.
"A win against a team like San Antonio really helps our guys' confidence," Musselman said. "They've been beaten down the last few years mentally. We feel its important that they believe in themselves and tonight's win helps with that."
Golden State's last win over San Antonio was a 90-83 triumph on March 4, 1998.
"It's very important," Jamison said. "Sometimes you think these games don't really count. But you're playing against a team that is very respected around the league and they know how to play back-to-back games. We're playing some teams we haven't beaten in a while. And I think a lot of guys are taking it real personal."
Tim Duncan collected 24 points and nine rebounds to lead the Spurs but was emphatically rejected by Foyle in the final minute, symbolic of San Antonio's night. Tony Parker, who missed all 10 shots in Tuesday's opener against the Los Angeles Lakers, added 14 points and David Robinson had his second straight double-double with 12 and 15 rebounds.
"They executed a great game plan," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I thought that their discipline was great, their execution was really good and to that great execution they added a lot of effort and a lot of emotion."
San Antonio looked flat throughout most the game, similar to the effort it had in Tuesday's win. The Spurs committed 19 turnovers and were outrebounded by the smaller Warriors, 46-42.
"I thought the Warriors played exceptionally well," Duncan said. "(They) shot the ball well, went to the glass and got 30-something extra possessions off of turnovers and off of rebounds."
They also failed to contain Jamison, who made 14-of-25 shots and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter. He played all but two minutes, grabbed eight rebounds and often helped out to double-team Duncan.
Foyle provided a huge spark with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go with seven rebounds and six blocks. Troy Murphy led Golden State with 10 rebounds and Richardson added eight and eight assists.
Golden State also helped itself by shooting 81 percent (21-of-26) from the line as Gilbert Arenas drained all six attempts. Jamison made 6-of-7.
San Antonio played without shooting guard Steve Smith, who missed the game with a strained right groin.