The Warriors say they aren't into moral victories. But they couldn't have been too upset about Friday's 95-88 loss to the San Antonio Spurs -- even though it was their 28th straight defeat at The Alamo.

Golden State (23-15) has now lost three straight and five of its last six. But Friday's game was a return to the kind of basketball that got it to a season-best 12 games over .500.

"Unfortunately, we were short-handed again," forward David Lee said after totaling 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds. "This kind of loss is a lot easier to handle. ... I thought tonight we matched the Spurs' intensity. And just towards the end of the game, they did what they did best. But I was much happier with the way our team looked."

The Warriors were primed for a blowout. They played their second straight game without star guard Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle). The Spurs were riding a 13-game home win streak. And Golden State had its bell rung last time out in a blowout home loss to Miami.

Instead of getting squashed, as they have so many times by the Spurs, the Warriors put a scare into the hosts.

Their defense held San Antonio to nearly 10 points below its average. The Spurs came into the game shooting 48.9 percent from the field, second-best in the league, but needed to make their last three shots to finish at 45 percent.

Still, in the end, San Antonio had Hall-of-Fame bound big man Tim Duncan and All-Star

guard Tony Parker. They combined for 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting in the fourth quarter to put Golden State away.