Spurs uses depth to fend off Kings

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Playing their fifth game in six nights, the San Antonio Spurs was supposed to be a tired team.

However, with the team’s depth, and coach Gregg Popovich able to rest some of his key players during the five-game stretch, the Spurs hold off a hard fighting Sacramento Kings squad.

Manu Ginobili scored 20 points and added five assists off the bench, and rookie Kawhi Leonard continues to impress, finishing with 19 points and nine boards on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, and the Spurs beat the Kings 117-112 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Tim Duncan added 18 points and eight rebounds, Gary Neal had 13 points, Tony Parker finished with 10 points and 10 assists and Stephen Jackson had eight points, three rebounds and one steal for San Antonio.

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Spurs less Parker rolled over Mavericks

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With Tony Parker sitting out because of a strained left hamstring, Manu Ginobili started at the point and delivered 11 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in 28 minutes of action, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Jackson has provided an added spark since he came back in San Antonio (Photo via Spurs Nation).

Danny Green added 18 points, Tim Duncan 15 points and 12 rebounds and Matt Bonner added 14 off the Spurs bench to improve their team record to 31-14 and hold a tight grip at the second-seed on the West.

Parker,  missed his third game of the season, but his absence didn’t seem to distract the Spurs, who had seven assists in the first quarter alone and finished with 28 total.

San Antonio led 24-21 after the first quarter and maintained their advantage throughout the game with the exception of a two-minute spurt by Dallas.

Jason Terry’s 18-foot jumper with five minutes remaining in the third quarter gave the Mavericks a 60-58 advantage, their first lead since 4-2 two minutes into the game. The Spurs responded quickly, however, closing the quarter on a 12-3 run to gain a decisive advantage.

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Spurs outguns Magic

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Tony Parker had 31 points and 12 assists, and Tim Duncan had 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Spurs closed a seven-game home stand by defeating the Orlando Magic 122-111 on Wednesday night.

Tim Duncan held his own against Dwight Howard, as the Spurs defeat the Magic for the second time this season.

Jameer Nelson scored 25 points and had seven assists, while Dwight Howard had 22 points and 12 rebounds on the eve of the NBA trade deadline.

Parker whose averaging 29.8 points in his past four games, was serenaded by chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” in the closing minutes.

Magic spokesman George Galante confirmed that Howard informed the team before Wednesday night’s game against the Spurs that he will not waive the early termination clause in his contact, which would have guaranteed Howard sticking around at least one more season.

Howard said publicly this week he wants to finish the season in Orlando and encouraged the front office to “roll the dice” on re-signing him this summer. The Magic, however, are looking for stronger assurances they can realistically hang onto the NBA’s most dominant big man.

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Parker returns, lead Spurs over Wizards

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After a one-game absence, Tony Parker scored 31 points in his return to the starting lineup to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 112-97 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Tony Parker scored 31 points, leading the Spurs to victory over the Wizards.

Parker, who missed Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers with a strained right quadriceps, hit 13-of-18 shots and had seven assists.

Tiago Splitter scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds of the bench, while Tim Duncan added 14 points and nine boards in 28 minutes of action.

DeJuan Blair had a double-double finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The Spurs extended their winning streak over the Wizards to 12.

Washington has lost nine of its last 11 and fell to 3-15 on the road.

JaVale McGee led the Wizards with 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Jordan Crawford added 19 points.

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Spurs pounded the Knicks, Ford hurt again

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Tony Parker scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs dealt Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks a third consecutive loss, 118-105 on Wednesday night.

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili looked like his old self against the New York Knicks.

San Antonio pounded it on the inside, outscoring the Knicks 60-38 on inside points, on their way to a 54.1 percent shooting night.

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili added 17 points apiece in Ginobili’s second game back after missing two weeks with a strained stomach muscle.

Carmelo Anthony led New York with 27 points.

The Knicks have lost six of nine, they bear little resemblance to their Lin-inspired resurgence before the All-Star break.

Lin came out of nowhere last month and delivered the Knicks the play-making point guard they craved for, but New York’s transition has been anything but seamless since Anthony returned February 20 after missing seven games, mostly because of a groin injury.

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Spurs whipped Bobcats

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Tony Parker scored 15 points, and the San Antonio Spurs cruised past the Charlotte Bobcats in the second half for a 102-72 victory on Friday night.

Richard Jefferson scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the Spurs victory over the Bobcats.

The Spurs (25-11) bounced back from a rare home loss earlier this week against the Chicago Bulls to win for the 13th time in their last 15 games.

The Bobcats (4-30), who were playing San Antonio for the only time this season, have lost four straight and 20 of their last 21.

Richard Jefferson scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds, while Tim Duncan had 14 points and eight boards for the Spurs.

Matt Bonner added 14 points, Kawhi Leonard had 10 and Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter chipped in nine points each off the bench.

Corey Maggette and Boris Diaw each scored 14 points for the Bobcats, who were held below 100 points for the 21st straight game.

San Antonio outrebounded Charlotte 55-37, with DeJuan Blair leading all players with 11 rebounds.

San Antonio, which was playing the second game of a seven-game homestand, never trailed after the first quarter.

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Splitter, Ford might return to action, Spurs still have a lot of work to do

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The San Antonio Spurs have outdid themselves during the first half of the season finishing with a 24-10 record, good for second-best in the West and TNT analyst Charles Barkley picked the Spurs over the weekend to win the Western Conference.

After missing 24 games this season, T.J. Ford might be able to play Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls.

But it doesn’t mean the team is letting their guards down.

“I saw that,” Tony Parker said. “ But we have a lot of work to do and we need Manu Ginobili at 100 percent.

It’s like I told everybody at the All-Star break. We’re not going anywhere without Manu at 100 percent.

“Oklahoma City is a very, very good team. The Clippers are a very, very good. Dallas is good, too. We need everybody ready to go and at full strength. If not, we aren’t going to go anywhere.”

There is some good news too, the Spurs’ injury situation appears to be getting a little better (via Spurs Nation).

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Spurs signed Eric Dawson to 10-day contract

The San Antonio Spurs called up Eric Dawson from Austin and signed him to a 10-day contract (Photo via Spurs Nation)

As reported by Tim Griffin of Spurs Nation, former Sam Houston standout Eric Dawson has signed a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs, joining them from the Austin Toros.

Dawson, a bullish 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward, has played in 18 games with the Toros this season, averaging 15.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 blocked shots and 1.3 steals in 29.3 minutes. He ranks second in the D-League with 13 double-double and has scored 20 points three times.

This move should give the Spurs additional inside help they try to overcome Tiago Splitter’s injury, who strained his right calf in the Spurs’ 103-100 overtime victory at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

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Ginobili, Splitter to miss two weeks

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is expected to miss two weeks with a strained left oblique.

The Spurs could miss Ginobili and Splitter for the next two weeks.

Ginobili was examined by team physician Dr. David Schmidt and an MRI confirmed Ginobili suffered a left internal oblique strain, he will remain in San Antonio for the remainder of the Spurs’ road trip and is expected to be out approximately two weeks.

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Spurs won 10 straight but lost Manu and Tiago to injuries

It looked like the San Antonio Spurs winning streak was about to end when Gary Neal fumbled a pass from Tony Parker with 9.5 seconds left in regulation.

Gary Neal made a 3-pointer in OT that kept the Spurs' winning streak going. (Photo via Spurs Nation)

But Neal redeemed himself and stole the ball 3.8 seconds later against Los Angeles Clippers star guard Chris Paul and hit the tying 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left that sent the game into overtime.

In the overtime, another 3-pointer by Neal, left wide open after a pass from Tim Duncan, gave the Spurs a 101-98 lead with 25.4 seconds left.

“We had a lot of guys play their hearts out,” Popovich said. “We’ve been on the road for a while, and I’m real proud of what they did just hanging in there. We started out real poorly, and they just kept their heads about themselves, played for each other, helped each other, and we were fortunate enough to get it done.”

Duncan, who had 11 points and 17 rebounds in 41 minutes, welcomed the only good luck the Spurs had on an otherwise troublesome day.

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