Johnson scores missed FT, Spurs beat Warriors without Curry

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San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson, left, is congratulated by teammate Devontae Cacok after scoring the game-winning basket against the Golden State Warriors in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Sunday March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/ Jed Jacobsohn)

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Keldon Johnson scored on a rebound from a missed free throw with three-tenths of a second remaining to give the San Antonio Spurs a 110-108 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.

Jakob Poeltl made the first of two free throws at 108 with 2.4 seconds left. He missed the second from the back iron, but Johnson grabbed the rebound and converted the winner.

Klay Thompson missed a 3-pointer from the right corner as time expired.

Josh Richardson led Spurs with 25 points and Dejounte Murray had 19.

Jordan Poole scored 28 points and Thompson had 24 Golden State. Playing their first game since losing Stephen Curry to a left foot injury, the third-place Warriors fell 1 1/2 games behind second-place Memphis and 10 1/2 games behind NBA-leading Phoenix. .

Golden State appeared in fine form when Andrew Wiggins was fouled with three seconds left and the game tied at 107. He made his first free throw, but missed the second. Kevon Looney was called for a loose ball foul on Poeltl, setting up the closing sequence.

Draymond Green was in the Warriors’ starting lineup for the first time since returning from a calf injury last week, but was sent off in the third quarter after being called for two technical runs in eight seconds.

San Antonio led 36-22 late in the first period on 59.1% shooting. But Poole and Thompson combined for 15 points in the second quarter and the Warriors cut it to 63-57 at halftime.

ADVICE

Spurs: Devin Vassell ran down and hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer. … Lonnie Walker IV sat out with back spasms. The guard left Friday night in a loss to New Orleans in the first quarter.

Warriors: Golden State picked up Wiggins and Nemanja Bjelica. Moses Moody (right shoulder) remained out for the Warriors. … Green returned to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in his first two games with a calf injury … Otto Porter Jr. had a career-high 16 rebounds.

FOLLOWING

Spurs: At Portland on Wednesday night.

Warriors: In Orlando on Tuesday night to start a five-game road trip.


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