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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Duncan, Parker guide Spurs to 5th straight win


This article is cross posted at Spurs World.
The San Antonio Spurs continued with their winning ways defeating the Phoenix Suns 100-107 on Tuesday night behind some familiar faces.
Tim Duncan scored 26 points and grabbed 11 boards, while Tony Parker scored eight points in a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter, and finished with 24 points and seven assist to help the Spurs win their fifth in a row, eighth in nine games and 12th in the last 14 road games.
Kawhi Leonard added 14 points and seven rebounds, Manu Ginobili had 13 points, five assists and five rebounds, and Matt Bonner chipped in 10 points for San Antonio.
Shannon Brown, starting because Grant Hill was a late scratch with right knee inflammation, scored a career-high 32 for Phoenix.

Marcin Gortat added 21 points and 14 rebounds in just the second home loss for the Suns in 10 games since the All-Star break. Steve Nash had 16 points and eight assists.
“We got close,” Nash said. “We kept ourselves in the game for a long time and couldn’t ever really get more than that five- or six-point lead, and they came flying back, and then the start of the fourth there they kind of got up by nine and we couldn’t close back the distance.”
Phoenix shot 51.5 percent through three quarters but made just 33 percent (7-of-21) in the fourth.
“Shannon Brown was making crazy shots so we felt like if we could hang in there things were going to turn and they’re going to miss at some point,” Parker said, “and they started missing, and we played better defense.”
The Spurs led by as many as nine and were up 62-57 at halftime behind Duncan’s 17 points and eight rebounds on 8-of-9 shooting from the field in the first half.
Phoenix started the second half with a 12-2 run to go up 69-64 on Gortat’s 6-footer. Brown’s fifth and final 3-pointer of the night put the Suns ahead 79-74 with 4:50 left in the third quarter, but San Antonio scored the next six points, the last four by Ginobili, to take an 80-79 lead.
After Robin Lopez’s reverse layup cut San Antonio’s lead to 88-87 with 10:08 to play, Parker started the decisive run with a layup on a pass from Ginobili. Parker followed with a 13-footer, then made a 20-footer.
Boris Diaw sank a 20-footer, then Parker capped the outburst with a 10-foot jumper after Phoenix’s second straight turnover, and the Spurs led 98-87 with 5:59 to go.
Nash’s 18-footer cut it to 98-89, but Leonard made a 3 from the corner to put San Antonio ahead 101-89 with 5:29 to go.
Parker sealed the victory with four straight from the foul line.
San Antonio played without Stephen Jackson (rest), but had backup point guard Patrick Mills debut.  Mills had one rebound and one turnover in four minutes of play.
San Antonio will gun for their six straight victory when they visit the Sacramento Kings tomorrow night.

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