Duncan dominates as Spurs hold off late charge

  • San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20) of Argentina, drives around Golden State Warriors' Festus Ezeli during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

SAN ANTONIO -- The short version: Golden State lost a game it could've won, 104-93 to the host Spurs. It was the Warriors' 29th straight loss in San Antonio.

The long version: The Warriors, facing an NBA elite, showed some of the grind Wednesday that propelled them into the playoff picture in the first place.

They head home from the three-game trip with a loss, but it was still a successful trip. Not just because they went 2-1, but because they recaptured their identity.

"We looked like our old selves," coach Mark Jackson said. "I'm not looking at (this game), I'm looking at what's going to win down the road, what's going to be effective, how we compete. We did that when it mattered most, when everything wasn't going our way. We got back in it and we battled."

The Warriors (39-31) -- who blew out Houston and surged past New Orleans in the first two games of the trip -- sit a game ahead of the Rockets for the No. 6 seed in the West. But nine of Golden State's last 12 games are at home.

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