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Oakland, Calif. • The San Antonio Spurs held off a furious final rally to beat the Golden State Warriors 94-82 in Game 6 on Thursday night and advance to the Western Conference finals.

Tim Duncan had 19 points and six rebounds, Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points and the Spurs won the series in six games.

Tony Parker shook off a poor start to score 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. Tiago Splitter added a career-playoff high 14 points for San Antonio, which led by 13 late in the third quarter.

Stephen Curry shot 10 of 25 from the floor to score 22 points on a nagging left ankle. Jarrett Jack had 15 points as the injury-saddled Warriors wore down. The Spurs outshot Golden State 45 percent to 39 percent.

Second-seeded San Antonio will open the conference finals at home against Memphis on Sunday. The fifth-seeded Grizzlies eliminated Oklahoma City in five games.

The Spurs became the first team to win consecutive games in the series and hand the Warriors consecutive losses in the playoffs — and they did it at just the right time.

The Spurs quieted a standing-room-only crowd late in the third quarter and seemingly seized control for good. Instead, the Warriors roared back.

Klay Thompson, who had 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting, made a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter that sliced San Antonio's lead to three. And Curry's pull-up jumper brought the Warriors within 77-75 with 4:52 to play.

Parker was 1 for 13 before hitting a corner 3-pointer to give San Antonio an 80-75 lead. Leonard followed with two free throws to put the Spurs up seven.

Jack made a jumper and two free throws to bring the Warriors back again. Then Leonard hit another corner 3-pointer for the Spurs to go ahead 85-79.

Curry and Thompson had consecutive 3s rim out on the same possession. Parker hit another 3-pointer to put San Antonio up 88-79 with 1:15 remaining and send some of the yellow-shirted crowd of 19,596 heading to the exits.

Fans serenaded the home team with chants of "Warr-i-ors!" in the final seconds. Curry also grabbed the microphone after the game and thanked fans at half court, breaking the huddle with the crowd, "Just us!"

The Spurs showed incredible ball movement all game and had the Warriors playing from behind most of the way. Spurs 94, Warriors 82

FG FT Reb

S.A. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Leonard 34:01 6-13 3-4 4-10 0 3 16

Duncan 31:40 7-13 5-5 1-6 2 0 19

Splitter 31:08 6-8 2-2 1-4 1 3 14

Parker 36:05 3-16 5-6 0-3 8 4 13

DaGreen 33:56 3-5 2-2 0-4 1 2 11

Ginobili 24:16 1-6 3-4 0-6 11 2 5

Diaw 19:05 0-1 0-0 0-6 4 4 0

Joseph 9:31 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 6

Neal 12:06 4-6 0-0 0-5 0 1 8

Bonner 6:57 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2

Mills 0:37 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Blair 0:37 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Totals 240:00 33-73 21-25 6-46 27 20 94

Percentages: FG .452, FT .840. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Da.Green 3-4, Parker 2-3, Joseph 1-2, Leonard 1-4, Bonner 0-1, Neal 0-2, Ginobili 0-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 14 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Duncan 3, Splitter). Turnovers: 14 (Duncan 3, Parker 3, Ginobili 2, Da.Green 2, Leonard 2, Diaw, Splitter). Steals: 6 (Leonard 2, Splitter 2, Ginobili, Da.Green). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

G.S. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Barnes 30:39 4-10 1-2 1-4 1 1 9

Ezeli 23:12 0-2 2-4 2-7 1 4 2

Bogut 20:15 1-3 1-2 0-7 1 1 3

Curry 40:26 10-25 0-0 1-4 6 2 22

Thompsn 42:11 4-12 0-0 0-0 3 1 10

Lee 12:24 4-10 1-1 2-5 2 2 9

Jack 32:18 6-12 3-3 0-2 1 2 15

DrGreen 8:14 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 0

Landry 17:15 4-8 3-5 3-6 1 4 11

Biedrins 11:35 0-0 0-0 2-4 1 5 0

Bazemore 0:53 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Machado 0:37 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1

Totals 240:00 33-85 12-19 11-40 18 25 82

Percentages: FG .388, FT .632. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Thompson 2-4, Curry 2-8, Dr.Green 0-1, Jack 0-1, Barnes 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 12 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Barnes, Biedrins, Curry). Turnovers: 12 (Curry 3, Thompson 3, Barnes, Bogut, Ezeli, Dr.Green, Landry, Lee). Steals: 7 (Jack 2, Curry, Ezeli, Landry, Lee, Thompson). Technical Fouls: None.

San Antonio 21 26 19 28 — 94

Golden State 19 21 19 23 — 82

Attendance • 19,596

Time • 2:34.

Officials • Joe Crawford, Sean Corbin, Derrick Stafford.

NBA playoffs • Duncan, Leonard fuel San Antonio win.
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