Monta Ellis gave one of the gutsiest performances of his career, totaling 38 points and seven assists in 44 minutes Wednesday. But with his backcourt mate Stephen Curry knocked out of the game with another sprained ankle, and the Warriors defense succumbing down the stretch, Ellis wasn't enough.

Golden State lost 101-95, its 27th straight defeat at San Antonio, where the Warriors haven't won since Feb. 14, 1997. It's the third straight defeat for the Warriors (2-4).

"He was incredible and inspiring," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Ellis. "Not only was I asking him to make the plays on the offensive end, but I was asking him to defend Tony Parker on the other end. He gave me everything he had."