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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Spurs, Parker ran past 76ers

If Tony Parker doesn’t got the nod at an All-Star appearance later this month, then the NBA should start changing the way they select players that should participate during the league’s annual weekend celebration held every February.

Tony Parker has been superb lately, helping the Spurs to improve their road record to 5-8.

Three nights after scoring 42 points in a victory over league-leading Oklahoma City Thunder, Parker turned out another superb performance, this time against one of the top teams in the East — the Philadelphia 76ers (18-8) .

The San Antonio Spurs (18-9) All-Star guard scored 37 points, dished out eight assists and went 13-of-13 from the foul line in 38 minutes of action without committing a single foul, leading the Spurs to a 100-90 win against the Sixers.

Not to be outdone, Tim Duncan also had another solid game scoring 16 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and adding two block shots in 30 minutes of play without a turnover.

Meanwhile, the Spurs’ reserves continues to give San Antonio the added punch they needed.

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