Duncan, Parker guide Spurs to 5th straight win

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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.

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Defense propels Spurs to fourth straight victory

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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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Duncan led Spurs in easy win over Wolves, Parker injured

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Tim Duncan had a double double performance as he the San Antonio Spurs in an easy 116-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

With Tony Parker hurt, Gary Neal rose to the challenge and gave the Spurs a lift off the bench.

Duncan finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block shot in just 24 minutes of action playing inspired basketball with Stephen Jackson back in the fold.

However, all is not good news in San Antonio.

Tony Parker left with a left hamstring strain with 8:03 remaining in the second quarter. He spoke briefly with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before heading to the locker room with two points and six assists.

“I think they said mild hamstring, so we won’t know much until tomorrow,” Popovich said. “Not good timing.”

Jackson, Kawhi Leonard and Gary Neal stepped up with Parker going out early. The trio scored 16 points each for the Spurs who improved their record to 30-14.

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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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Hot shooting extends Spurs’ win streak to 11

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Playing without Tiago Splitter, Manu Ginobili and T.J. Ford, the undermanned San Antonio Spurs needed a spark to help them keep their winning streak going.

Matt Bonner's 20-points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc was key to the Spurs victory over the Jazz.

Behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from Al Jefferson and 16 points and 11 boards from Paul Millsap, the Utah Jazz did their best to halt the NBA’s hottest team.

They man-handled San Antonio on inside points 56-30 and 41-33 on rebounds.

But the Spurs won anyway, thanks to a 47.6 percent (10-of-21) shooting from behind the arc.

Matt Bonner made 5-of-6 three-pointers enroute to his 20 point performance, and Gary Neal added 14 points off the bench as the Spurs defeated the Utah Jazz 106-102 Monday night for their 11th consecutive victory.

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Parker carries Spurs past Raptors for 9th win in a row

Tony Parker had 34 points, 14 assists, three rebounds and one steal and the San Antonio Spurs extended their season-best winning streak to nine games with a 113-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Tony Parker had another big game, scoring 34 points leading the Spurs to their 9th straight victory. (Photo via Spurs Nation)

Danny Green scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in his fourth start of the season.

While Tiago Splitter had 13 points, Manu Ginobili scored 11 points, and Matt Bonner added 10 points off the bench for the Spurs, who have not lost since a 101-100 overtime defeat at Dallas on January 29.

The victory was San Antonio’s sixth straight away from home, their longest run since winning eight straight road games to begin the 2010-11 season.

Tim Duncan failed to extend his run of five straight double-doubles, finishing with eight points and three rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 29 points, while Jose Calderon added 16 points and 11 assists.

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Spurs hold off Grizzlies, snapped two game skid

Kawhi Leonard and DeJuan Blair had six points each to help the San Antonio Spurs take a five-point lead 24-19, over the Memphis Grizzlies after the first quarter.

Kawhi Leonard's second double-double of the season helped the Spurs notch their third win on the road.

The Spurs then scored the first six points of the second quarter en route to a 9-2 spurt and capitalized on a 21-8 surge in the middle of the first half to take a double digit lead 45-35 at halftime.

Without their leading scorer Zach Randolph, Memphis has had little inside presence against the Spurs and looked like a different team from the one that eliminated the Spurs last season.

During the second half, San Antonio never let up.

Some of the keys to this victory was the Spurs’ controlling the boards, sharing the ball better and their defense on Memphis’ Rudy Gay.

The Spurs simply out-rebounded and out-dished the Grizzlies.

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Spurs take down Hawks

After barely squeaking past the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs looked sharp in this blowout win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Matt Bonner's accuracy from beyond the arc was key in the Spurs victory over the Hawks.

Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair both scored 17 points while Tiago Splitter had 16 points and eight rebounds, and the Spurs bench gave a big push as San Antonio handed the surging Hawks their first lopsided loss of the season, 105-83 on Wednesday night.

It was a convincing win over the Southeast Division leaders after the Spurs had lost two of their previous three games, including one against the Sacramento Kings at home.

The reserves brought plenty against the Hawks.

“I was not expecting them to go off as well as they did,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said of San Antonio’s bench, which outscored Atlanta’s reserves 51-27.

In this 22-point blowout, the Hawks (13-6) got manhandled by the Spurs (12-7).

Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 20 points. Kirk Hinrich made his season debut, after missing 18 games while recovering from a shoulder surgery, and scored seven points in 14 minutes.

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Spurs’ team effort produced back to back wins minus Ginobili

When Manu Ginobili injured his shooting hand against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the San Antonio Spurs’ chances to compete at a high level took a big hit.

Spurs' Danny Green had the unenviable task of guarding Monta Ellis and Jasont Terry on two consecutive nights.

They eventually lost that game in Minnesota as the team looked slow without one of their main offensive weapon.

However, since Ginobili’s injury, the Spurs bounced back and produced a pair of wins on back-to-back nights against the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks.

It was not surprising to see the Spurs rally around without Manu, the team after all, have a good mix of veterans, leadership and young talent to win games, but the manner in which they won those games is something to look forward to.

With Manu out, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Richard Jefferson are providing much of the offensive load, but the bench have also responded well in Ginobili’s absence.

Against the Warriors, San Antonio seem a step slow for three quarters until two role players provided the spark they badly needed in the final quarter.

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San Antonio gave Dallas a Texas Beat Down

On the second night of back-to-backs and their first season game against their rival the Dallas Mavericks, the San Antonio Spurs used a scorching perimeter game to jump out to a 29-11 lead during the first quarter and finished the opening period with 31-17 advantage.

Tony Parker attacks the basket against Lamar Odom and Dominique Jones.

Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd injured his lower back in the first quarter,   checked out with 24.7 seconds left in the period and did not return.

Meanwhile, the Spurs hardly missed Manu Ginobili as they won their second home victory in two nights without the wily Argentine.

San Antonio made a season-best 16 three-pointers and shot a blistering 48.5 percent from beyond the arc (16-33 ) as they blow the game wide open in the first quarter as Dallas never recovered.

Matt Bonner led the Spurs with 17 points including five 3-pointers, Richard Jefferson had a great all around game with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal, Gary Neal made the most of his first start of the season finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assists in 20 minutes of action.

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