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OAKLAND, Calif. — Tim Duncan capped another milestone night with a late three-point play that stalled a Golden State Warriors rally and helped the San Antonio Spurs hold on for a 113-100 victory Tuesday night.

The Spurs’ fifth consecutive win over the Warriors completed a consecutive-nights sweep of last year’s top two teams in the Pacific Division — Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Duncan’s key hoop came on a night when he became just the 11th player in NBA history to record 14,000 career rebounds. He finished the game with 14,009 after a 13-rebound effort.

Point guard Tony Parker had 28 points and Duncan a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double to lead the Spurs (4-3), who were playing without point guard Patty Mills (shoulder surgery), shooting guard Marco Belinelli (strained right groin) and center Tiago Splitter (calf tightness).

Duncan’s 12 points left him just eight shy of yet another milestone — the 25,000-point barrier.

Down 12 to start the fourth quarter, the Warriors got within seven on three occasions and then within 94-88 on a jumper by backup big man Marreese Speights with 4:44 to go.

But Duncan countered with his big hoop on San Antonio’s next possession and was fouled. When he dropped in the free throw, the San Antonio lead was back up to nine with 4:21 to go and the Warriors never seriously challenged again.

Small forward Kawhi Leonard had 19 points, backup swingman Manu Ginobili 17 and reserve guard Cory Joseph 11 in a balanced Spurs attack.

Shooting guard Klay Thompson paced Golden State (5-2) with 29 points, 15 of which came on five 3-pointers.

Small forward Harrison Barnes added 22 points and point guard Stephen Curry 16, but the reigning NBA Player of the Week shot 0-for-7 from 3-point range, snapping a streak of having made at least one 3 in 75 consecutive games.

In losing their second consecutive game, the Warriors hurt themselves with 20 turnovers and converted no second-chance points despite outrebounding the Spurs 38-36.

The Warriors opened a three-game homestand without power forward David Lee, who is out indefinitely with a strained left hamstring.

Up six at the half, the Spurs created some separation for the first time in the game with a 7-0 flurry early in the third quarter to go up 66-54.

Parker had two hoops and shooting guard Danny Green a 3-pointer in the run, during which the Warriors missed four consecutive shots over 2:18.

The Spurs’ lead was still 12, 82-70, entering the final Turnovers and offensive rebounding were the difference in the first half, when the Spurs built a 50-44 lead.

The Warriors outshot the visitors 50.0 to 40.8 percent in the half, but the Spurs got up 15 more shots as a result of a plus-nine differential in turnovers (12-3) and a plus-five differential in offensive rebounds (6-1).

The Spurs’ bench also contributed to the club’s halftime lead, outscoring their Warriors counterparts 21-4.

NOTES: The Spurs were playing their second back-to-back of the young season, but coach Gregg Popovich chose not to rest any of his veteran players, in part because the club has Wednesday and Thursday off. … Spurs PF Tim Duncan was rested in both of San Antonio’s visits to Oakland last season. … Warriors guards (SG Klay Thompson and PG Stephen Curry) have won the NBA’s first two Western Conference Player of the Week honors. … Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr teamed to win championships in 1999 and 2003 while Kerr was playing for San Antonio. … Asked before the game how Popovich has influenced his coaching, Kerr responded: “Coaching is about 80 percent relationships and 20 percent strategy. I don’t think anybody personifies that more than Pop.” … Asked his impression of Kerr’s coaching style, Popovich said with a laugh: “He couldn’t play a lick of D (defense), so it’s surprising he’s working them so hard on the defensive end. He has no clue.” … The Warriors waived second-year PG Namanja Nedovic before the game. The 23-year-old had not appeared in a game this season after averaging 1.1 points in 24 appearances last year.

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