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Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2002 12:27 AM EST
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San Antonio 93, Golden State 73
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SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs refused to lose to the Golden State Warriors for a second time in this young season.

Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson connected from the outside and Tim Duncan, David Robinson and Malik Rose on the inside as the Spurs avenged a season-opening defeat to the Warriors with a 93-73 triumph.

Parker scored 23 points, Jackson added 13 and Duncan, Robinson and Rose each recorded a double-double as the Spurs beat the Warriors for the 20th time in 22 meetings.

Golden State, which upset San Antonio on October 30, held a 45-42 halftime lead before the Spurs countered with a 19-4 run. They took the lead for good at 50-49 on the second of two free throws by Duncan with 8:43 to play. Robinson had six points in the burst.

"They made a run and we gave up," Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. "Mentally, we have to be stronger than that. I (have) never seen that from this team before. They turned up the pressure in the third and we caved. It can bother us as coaches every night, but it has to bother the guys that suit up if it's going to change."

San Antonio took a 73-57 advantage into the fourth quarter on a 40-footer by Rose just before the buzzer, and Golden State got no closer than 12 points thereafter. It was Rose's seventh 3-pointer in seven seasons.

The Spurs shot 45 percent (36-of-80) from the field and held the Warriors to 35 percent (27-of-78). San Antonio made 8-of-15 shots from the arc while Golden State missed all eight 3-pointers.

"That's the way we need to play to reach our final goal," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We need to continue to improve; we're not there yet. We have a long, long way to go. The will is there, the work ethic is there. Hopefully it will happen sooner than later."

Robinson had 13 rebounds, Rose 12 and Duncan 10 as the Spurs held a 53-39 advantage on the glass and blocked 10 shots.

Golden State's Antawn Jamison scored 16 points but just two in the second half. Jason Richardson and Gilbert Arenas contributed 14 apiece, one night after scoring 39 and 22 points, respectively, in a 107-100 setback to Dallas.

"We stopped hitting the easy shot we were getting in the first half and that affected our defense," Arenas said. "It's tough to fight back when they make a 19-4 run. But I'm not tired and neither should any of these other guys be tired. We've been training all year to get prepared and you know there are going to be times when you have to play four games in five nights."

"They were a more focused group," Richardson said. "They hit the big baskets, but for us, this was not our team. The most important thing is for us to put this game behind us."

Paced by Jackson and Rose, San Antonio's bench outscored Golden State's reserves, 33-11.

"You can't win in this league unless your bench produces," Musselman said. "Adonal Foyle (four points, three rebounds) played hard, but they had two guys on their bench outscore our entire bench."

"Everyone has definitely been picking up the slack, especially on the defensive end," Jackson said. "That goes for us as a whole. We have definitely been working hard and even though we are missing (the injured) Speedy (Claxton) and Steve (Smith), guys like Malik, Steve (Kerr) and Manu (Ginobili) definitely have been stepping up."

Ginobili, a rookie from Argentina who scored eight points in 23 minutes, exited the contest after a knee-on-knee collision with Richardson with 5:41 remaining. He did not return.

"He bumped knees with someone, he'll be a little sore," Popvich said. "It's good that we have four days until the next game. He'll be fine."


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