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Preview: Spurs (62-20) at Warriors (51-31)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Date: May 10, 2013 10:30 PM EDT
  

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The confident aura the Golden State Warriors are giving off right now might be the only thing brighter than those yellow shirts every home fan is expected to be wearing again for Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at ear-piercing Oracle Arena.

Maybe for good reason, too.

The Warriors have outshot, outrebounded and outhustled the Spurs through the first two games of their Western Conference semifinal. And if not for an unprecedented collapse in Game 1, Golden State would be returning to the Bay Area with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series instead of being tied.

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Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the hot-shooting Warriors have shown no signs of slowing down in the playoffs. The dynamic backcourt duo has left the second-seeded Spurs searching for answers. And while there's still a long way to go in the series, sixth-seeded Golden State is no long acting like an underdog.

``We're in the driver's seat right now. We control our own destiny. I feel like this is our time,' Thompson said during a light shootaround at the team's downtown Oakland headquarters Thursday. ``We put in so much work and it's paying off. And it's just beginning. We've got to stay humble.'

At the moment, they've sure humbled San Antonio.

The Warriors have held the lead for 95 of 106 minutes, with most of the Spurs' slim advantages coming in the two overtimes in Game 1, when San Antonio rallied from 16 points down in the final four minutes of regulation to a stunning victory. Golden State has outrebounded the Spurs 105 to 93, outshot them 48.3 percent to 41.7 percent and outworked - and perhaps outcoached - San Antonio in almost every way imaginable.

``We can't blame it on just luck,' Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. ``They did a great job, and we did a really poor job. We've got to give them credit. They played much better than us, and miracles don't happen that often. We didn't deserve Game 1, either. We've got to do better over there, because playing like this, we don't have a chance.'

San Antonio's championship pedigree is about to really be tested.

As good as Golden State looked in San Antonio, it has been far better at home all season, especially in the playoffs. The Warriors went 3-0 at home in the first round against Denver, with Curry seemingly controlling the standing-room only crowds on his fingertips - and feeding off fans as well.

The Spurs were 0-2 at Golden State this season, though San Antonio rested most of its starters in one of them.

The next game at Oracle Arena - a raucous venue even when the Warriors were terrible - might be the franchise's biggest game in Oakland since 1991, when Golden State returned home with its second-round series against the Lakers tied at a game apiece - only to lose three straight and be eliminated in Game 5 in Los Angeles.

In the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, excitement in the basketball-starved Bay Area is at a fever pitch. The Warriors can unite fans with conflicting allegiances in a way almost no other team can in the sports saturated market.

Buses in San Francisco and Oakland have electronic banners that read: ``Go Warriors.' San Francisco's iconic Coit Tower has been lit with blue-and-gold lights, and fans on both sides of the bay can be seen wearing those yellow ``We Are Warriors' shirts given out at home playoff games.

With a sea of support behind them, all the Warriors need to do is win their home games to advance to the conference finals for the first time since the 1975-76 season.

``The sky's the limit for us right now,' said Thompson, who had a career-high 34 points and 14 rebounds in Golden State's 100-91 win Wednesday night, even joking at practice that he ``felt like Steph Curry out there' shooting 8 of 9 from 3-point range.

``Our confidence is at an all-time high,' Thompson added. ``We've shown we can beat this team, and we just have to stay humble about it and keep working hard because it's a long series.'

Golden State already has overcome two major hurdles.

The Warriors rebounded from what could have been a devastating Game 1 collapse. And they ``exercised the demons,' as Curry put it, by winning in San Antonio for the first time since Feb. 14, 1997 - four months before the Spurs drafted Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest and began a run that includes four NBA titles.

Even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, has marveled at what his veteran-laden team is up against. During one television timeout captured on the TNT broadcast in Game 2, he told his team in the huddle: ``They got skill. They got talent. We've got to be on them.'

``They shot the heck out of it,' Popovich said at the airport before his Spurs boarded a flight to the Bay Area on Thursday. ``That's the difference.'

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Antonio Gonzalez can be reached at: www.twitter.com/agonzalezAP

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Warriors at Spurs
Mon, May 6 Final 127 to 129
 Recaps
GAME 2
Warriors at Spurs
Wed, May 8 Final 100 to 91
 Recaps
GAME 3
Spurs at Warriors
Fri, May 10 Final 102 to 92
 Recaps
GAME 4
Spurs at Warriors
Sun, May 12 Final 87 to 97
 Recaps
GAME 5
Warriors at Spurs
Tue, May 14 Final 91 to 109
 Recaps
GAME 6
Spurs at Warriors
Thu, May 16 Final 94 to 82
 Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 SAS  +120   +2.5   202 
 GSW  -140   -2.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 SAS  +130   +2.5   202 
 GSW  -150   -2.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 SAS  50%   31%   80% 
 GSW  50%   69%   20% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 May 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 GSW 100 Cover: 16 
 SAS 91 Under: 191 
 Tools:   Recaps
 May 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 GSW 127 Cover: 7 
 SAS 129 Over: 256 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Apr 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SAS 106 Over: 222 
 GSW 116 Cover: 3 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 GSW 93 Under: 197 
 SAS 104 Cover: 3 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Feb 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SAS 101 Under: 208 
 GSW 107 Cover: 9.5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Jan 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 GSW 88 Cover: 4.5 
 SAS 95 Under: 183 
 Tools:   Recaps

 NBA PREVIEWS
 Friday, May 10
 
    Heat at Bulls
8:05 PM EDT
    Spurs at Warriors
10:45 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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