Golden State floored

Published: Saturday, May. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 12, 2013 - 2:54 pm

OAKLAND – Tony Parker has been an All-Star five times and a part of three NBA championship teams.

Parker was even the MVP of the San Antonio Spurs' last title team in 2007.

But the point guard receiving much of the glory in the postseason has been the Warriors' Stephen Curry.

Curry's future is bright, but Parker showed why he is still among the best guards around in a 102-92 win for the Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night at Oracle Arena to give the Spurs a 2-1 series advantage.

Parker led San Antonio with a game-high 32 points to go with five assists.

"He not only was aggressive, but the ball went in," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Parker made 13 of 23 shots from the field.

Parker said the attention received by Curry and Warriors guard Klay Thompson wasn't extra motivation.

"I've been in San Antonio for so long I don't pay attention to top-five point guards," Parker said. "They always forget about me anyways. It doesn't matter to me anymore. I just play for the city of San Antonio, the Spurs, coach Pop and all my teammates."

Parker scored 25 points in the first half to help the Spurs to their best all-around game of the series.

"He got the air space and got going," said Warriors coach Mark Jackson.

This was the Parker the Spurs need and how he played much of the season before being slowed by injuries down the stretch.

"He'll stop, shoot the open jumper, he'll get his fair share of assists," Popovich said. "And that's what we need him to be. He's a scoring point guard, but he has to do it with a jump shot as well as a drive. He did that (Friday)."

The only concern for Parker was a sore calf. He was kicked in his leg during the fourth quarter.

"We'll see how I feel (today)," Parker said. "Have no choice. Got to play Sunday. It's a quick turnaround. Try to do my best to do treatment and be ready by 12:30 (Sunday)."

Curry scored 16 points, shooting 5 for 17 from the field. He also had eight assists.

It also was another night when his troublesome ankles were a problem after he injured his left ankle in the fourth quarter, but he stayed in the game.

Curry was limping noticeably late in the game.

"(Curry) sprained the left one," Jackson said. "He's icing it, get treatment and we'll see where he's at."

Back at home, the Warriors again turned to their injured All-Star for inspiration and to get the already raucous crowd even louder.

Forward David Lee was supposed to miss the rest of the postseason after tearing his right hip flexor in the Warriors' first playoff game last month in Denver.

Lee made a surprising return for 87 seconds in the series clincher at Oracle against the Nuggets last week. And after sitting the first two games of this series, Lee checked in with 11:38 to play in the first quarter to a rousing ovation.

The plan was to play Lee in short spurts. He didn't disappoint in his first stint in this series with five points and two rebounds in three minutes.

Jackson didn't like how Lee was running late in his stint and didn't use Lee in the second half.

"He gave us a lift in that first half … I thought he played outstanding," Jackson said.

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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