Defense propels Spurs to fourth straight victory

This article is cross posted at Spurs Basketball.

With Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter not playing, DeJuan Blair continued his strong play scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds in 31 minutes while Tony Parker scored 21 points and dished out seven assists and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Philadelphia 76ers 93-76 on Sunday night in a matchup of short-handed teams.

Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw provided the Spurs with quality minutes off the bench.

The Spurs won for the seventh time in eight games and swept the season series with the 76ers despite being without Duncan. With the Spurs playing three games in three nights, coach Gregg Popovich gave the 35-year-old Duncan his second day off this season.

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Griffin wins Rookie Of the Year

Griffin became the NBA's first unanimous choice for ROY since David Robinson

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named the Rookie of the Year on Wednesday after a landslide vote, becoming the NBA’s first unanimous choice for the award in 21 years.

Griffin received every first-place vote from a panel of 118 media members, the Clippers’ rookie is the first to win the award unanimously since San Antonio Spurs’ David Robinson did it in 1990.

The No. 1 overall draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2009 missed all of the 2009-10 season after breaking his kneecap in the Clippers’ final preseason game, but returned with one of the most impressive debut campaigns in league history.

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