Spurs rout Pistons 114-75 without injured Parker
- Associated Press
- March 3, 2013 - 8:58 PM
SAN ANTONIO - Manu Ginobili scored 17 points, Tim Duncan had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Detroit Pistons 114-75 on Sunday night despite playing without All-Star point guard Tony Parker.
Danny Green added 16 points and Kawhi Leonard had 14 for the Spurs (47-14), who rolled to their most lopsided victory of the season in their first game since Parker was injured.
Greg Monroe scored 16 points and Jose Calderon 14 for Detroit, which has lost five of six.
The Spurs had 35 assists on 45 field goals. Making his first start of the season, Cory Joseph had eight points, four assists and one turnover in place of Parker, who sprained his left ankle in Friday's win over Sacramento and is expected to miss about a month.
The Spurs started sharing the ball early, collecting 10 assists in the first quarter while taking control of the game.
Ginobili made his first six shots, including a 3-pointer off Stephen Jackson's inbounds pass with 1.8 seconds left in the first quarter. He was undercut by Khris Middleton on the shot and made a free throw to complete a four-point play.
NOTES: Parker has missed four games this season after sitting out six during last season's lockout-shortened season. ... Spurs F Boris Diaw (lower back strain) missed his second game of the season. ... Tiago Splitter is the only player to appear in every game for the Spurs this season. ... Detroit big man Andre Drummond (back) missed his 12th game. ... With his 15 assists against Sacramento on Friday, Ginobili became one of five active players to have 45 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a game during his career. The others are the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Miami's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. ... The Spurs have started 13 players this season, the most of any team. ... Green gave a series of imaginary high-fives and patted himself on the back when it was announced that he was the favorite player of the honorary ball boy.
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