Unlike Sunday’s horror show in Oakland, the Spurs remembered how to put the ball in the basket at a respectable clip. Combined with stifling defense on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (again), it was more than enough to earn their most decisive victory of the series and push the Warriors to the brink of elimination. With Curry and Andrew Bogut both banged up and running in mud, the Spurs should be smelling blood entering Thursday’s Game 6 in Oakland.

Player of the game

Tony Parker joked that the baseball-sized knot in his bruised left calf had shrunk to the size of a ping-pong ball by tipoff on Tuesday. It still took him some time to get warmed up. But once he did, the Warriors had no answer — especially not from the gimpy Curry — as Parker scored 16 of his team-high 25 points in the second half to go with 10 of the Spurs’ 30 assists. An indication of his aggressiveness: He earned 10 free throws, and seven of his nine field goals came in the paint.

“For whatever reason it was hurting in the first quarter,” Parker said. “I felt like I was 50 years old. But I just kept pushing. My teammates were making shots, and in the second half I was more aggressive.”

The key factor

Golden State’s “Splash Brothers” backcourt continued to dry up with Curry scoring nine points on 4-for-14 shooting and Klay Thompson going 2 for 8 en route to a paltry four. Kawhi Leonard had the bulk of the coverage on Thompson, while Danny Green and Parker split time on Curry. Leonard hounded Thompson so thoroughly that he squeezed off just eight shots, none from 3-point range. It was the first time this season he hadn’t had at least one attempt from long range.

On the series, Curry is shooting 35.6 percent since his 22-point third quarter in Game 1, while Thompson is shooting 32.7 percent since his 29-point first half in Game 2.

Continuation

* According to WhoWins.com, teams that took Game 5 in best-of-seven series have advanced 85.7 percent of the time.

* Tim Duncan’s latest achievement: He scored 14 points with 11 rebounds for the 143rd playoff double-double of his career, tying Wilt Chamberlain for second all-time. (Magic Johnson leads with 157.) Granted, Duncan did it in 199 postseason games compared to just 160 for the Stilt. But any time you can tie a standard set by Chamberlain — on the court, at least — you deserve to take a bow.

* The Spurs wasted no time putting one of the worst collective shooting performances in franchise history behind them, erupting for 37 points — almost matching in 12 minutes their post-halftime total of 42 in Game 4 — on 72.2-percent shooting. They couldn’t help but cool off from there, but they still finished at a series-high 51.9 percent with 30 assists on 40 field goals.

“We moved the ball very well,” Manu Ginobili said. “That’s who we are and it’s great to see.”