San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili
Darren Abate, Associated Press
Ginobili, Spurs snap Suns' 5-game winning streak
- Article by: BOB BAUM
- Associated Press
- December 19, 2013 - 7:04 AM
PHOENIX — Manu Ginobili scored 11 of his 24 points in the final four-plus minutes, and the San Antonio Spurs pulled away for a 108-101 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night, snapping the Suns' five-game winning streak.
Tim Duncan added 17 points and 13 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard scored 14 for the Spurs, who played without point guard Tony Parker after he bruised a shin in Monday night's loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Channing Frye scored 15 of his 22 points in the first quarter for the Suns. Goran Dragic had 18 points and Eric Bledsoe 15, but the two guards were a combined 12 of 33 from the field. Miles Plumlee added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Led by Ginobili, the Spurs outscored the Suns 15-6 over the final 4:11 after Phoenix had used a 10-0 run to take a 95-93 lead on Plumlee's rebound basket with 5:10 to go.
Ginobili had a tying tip-in, and then made a 3-pointer to put San Antonio ahead for good at 98-95 with 2:58 to play.
San Antonio put it out of reach when Ginobili sank a 10-footer from the baseline, and then stole the ball at the other end and made two free throws to make it 104-97 with 47.5 seconds to play.
Frye made his first six shots, three of them 3s. Phoenix led by as many as 10 in the early going.
Ginobili led the Spurs back and Leonard's 3-pointer gave San Antonio its first lead at 46-45. There were five lead changes the rest of the half, with San Antonio up 59-58 at the break.
With 4 seconds left in the third, Dragic was fouled while heaving a shot from just past midcourt and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich drew a technical complaining about the call. That gave Dragic four free throws. He made three to cut San Antonio's lead to 87-81 entering the fourth quarter.
Consecutive baskets by Marco Belinelli and Patty Mills put San Antonio ahead 93-85 with 8:30 to go.
NOTES: Parker has returned to San Antonio for treatment and will miss Thursday's game at Golden State. ... San Antonio has not lost two in a row this season. ... Popovich is the only NBA coach whose tenure dates to Suns coach Jeff Hornacek's playing days. ... Bledsoe was 1-for-8 shooting in the fourth quarter.
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