Popovich and Parker pleased with win, ready to go to “war” in Game 6.
Tony Parker had 25 points and 10 assists as the San Antonio Spurs took control of their series with the Golden State Warriors with their 109-91 win on Tuesday night.
The victory gives the Spurs a 3-2 series lead ahead of Game 6 in Oakland on Thursday, and having restricted the Warriors backcourt so efficiently they will be confident of repeating their success.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were held to a combined 13 points which was a key factor in Golden State’s inability to challenge, but rookie Harrison Barnes did score 26 points as he continues to impress.
As for the Spurs, Parker was well supported by Tim Duncan who had 14 points, while Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green ended the game with 17 and 16 points respectively.
After the game, coach Gregg Popovich was asked about ending this series on Thursday night, but he knows it will be a huge ask at the Oracle Arena and will need another night where Curry and Thompson go cold.
“No one talks about getting this thing over with, like you’ve got a rash or that type of thing and you take a pill or some cream and it’s going to be gone. It’s about going and playing, and that’s about it,” he told reporters.
Meanwhile, Parker emphasised the Spurs’ ball movement and his assists as key factors as to why they were so successful on Tuesday night, stating that that is “Spurs basketball”.
The Frenchman will need a similar performance in Game 6 as he hopes to clinch San Antonio’s spot in the Western Conference Finals.