Spurs, behind Parker, halt red-hot Suns
=== Spurs, behind Parker, halt red-hot Suns ===
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Tony Parker poured in 29 points and San Antonio
put an end to Phoenix’s 11-game win streak with an impressive 117-93 victory
at America West Arena.
Manu Ginobili added 18 points while Tim Duncan had 16 for the Spurs, who
rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to the Clippers and posted their eighth win in
San Antonio shot a sizzling 55 percent and led virtually from start to finish.
Ginobili ended 6-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range,
while Duncan made good on 8-of-11 shots.
Shawn Marion had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns, who played without
reigning MVP Steve Nash and lost for the first time since a 103-101 setback to
Minnesota on February 6. Boris Diaw nearly amassed a triple-double, finishing
with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Nash missed his first game of the season after spraining his right ankle
Monday against New Orleans/Oklahoma City. Phoenix also played without guard
Leandro Barbosa, who sat out with an injured groin.
The Spurs started the game on an 8-2 run and controlled the contest
throughout. A driving layup by Ginobili in the closing seconds of the first
quarter gave San Antonio a 38-29 lead at period’s end.
Up 40-35 early in the second quarter, San Antonio scored nine straight points
to move ahead by double digits. A basket from beyond the arc by Brent Barry
highlighted the burst, which ended with Ginobili’s runner four minutes into
Phoenix got as close as eight points down later on, but the Spurs ended the
half strong and took a 64-50 advantage into the break.
San Antonio maintained its dominance into the third quarter and the lead
swelled to 20 points when Bruce Bowen sank a jumper with 7:33 left in the
period to make the score 76-56.
An 11-2 run capped by Eddie House’s layup late in the third quarter pulled
Phoenix within 81-69. However, the Spurs scored eight of the frame’s last 10
points and took a commanding 89-71 lead into the fourth after Ginobili buried
a triple with 30 seconds left.
Phoenix had a string of 22 consecutive games of 100 or more points come to an
end. The last time the Suns failed to hit the century mark was a 117-90 defeat
at Sacramento on January 17…Phoenix also had an 11-game win streak snapped
by the Spurs last season…Barry and Beno Udrih each had 13 points for San
Antonio…Marion’s double-double was his league-best 47th of the season…The
Spurs have won two of the three meetings between the clubs, with the teams
still to play in San Antonio later on.