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DeJuan Blair scored a career high 28 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had three assists, two steals and two blocks in 35 turnover-free minutes, as the San Antonio Spurs (24-10) bounced back from a loss in Portland, defeating the Denver Nuggets (18-17) 114-99 on Thursday night to wrap their nine-game road swing.
Sparked by a 19-1 run midway through the first quarter, the Spurs jumped out to a big lead and then held on at the end.
They’ve won 12 of their last 13 games heading into the All-Star break and lead the Southwest Division by three games over the defending champion Dallas Mavericks.
All Spurs starters scored in double figures.
Tony Parker had 16 points and 12 assists, Tim Duncan added 18 points and nine rebounds, Richard scored 17 points, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and Danny Green had 16 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Matt Bonner continued his strong play, scoring 12 points off the bench.
Kawhi Leonard scored two points in two minutes of action, he suffered a calf injury and didn’t play in the second half.
Corey Brewer led the Nuggets with 23 points, Andre Miller chipped in 20 points while Arron Afflalo had 19.
While most of the Spurs take a break, Parker will head to the All-Star game as a reserve.
He will be making his fourth appearance, joining George Gervin, David Robinson and Duncan as the only San Antonio players be picked at least four times.
The Spurs’ French point guard is in the midst of another strong season, averaging nearly 20 points and eight assists per game.
The Spurs finished their Rodeo Road trip with an 8-1 mark, an achievement they last made during the 2002-2003 season when they won their second NBA title.