National Basketball Association Game Capsules
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili netted 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Tim Duncan recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds, as San Antonio rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to earn a 96-82 victory over Minnesota at the SBC Center. Tony Parker also had 19 points and dished out eight assists for the Spurs, who outscored the Timberwolves 31-17 in the fourth quarter to register their fifth win in six outings. Wally Szczerbiak finished with 22 points and Troy Hudson added 14 off the bench for Minnesota, which fell for the third time in four games. Kevin Garnett compiled his 23rd double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 boards.
Final Score: Phoenix 109, Memphis 102
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire had 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the red-hot Phoenix Suns to a 109-102 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at America West Arena. Shawn Marion added 29 points and seven boards for the Suns, who are off to the best start in the league since the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls began the season 41-3. Steve Nash added 17 points and 14 assists, as Phoenix (23-3) became the first team in NBA history to win 10 in a row after losing 50 or more games the previous season. Overall, Phoenix has won 19 of its last 20 games. Mike Miller scored 19 of his team-high 22 points in the first half for the Grizzlies, who ended a grueling four-game-in-five-day road trip 2-2.
Final Score: Miami 109, Sacramento 107
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Shaquille O'Neal scored 25 points with 10 rebounds, and Damon Jones hit a three-pointer with 23.4 seconds remaining to give Miami a 109-107 victory over Sacramento at Arco Arena. O'Neal was 11- of-19 from the field two days before his anticipated return to Los Angeles for a Christmas Day game against the Lakers. He was only 3-of-13 from the foul line, though, and he missed two key free throws near the end that could have locked up the game for Miami. But he came up big with a block of Sacramento's Mike Bibby after that, and the Heat held on for the win after trailing by 12 early in the fourth quarter. They have won 10 straight. Chris Webber scored 26 points to lead Sacramento, but he had just 13 after a strong first quarter. Bibby added 21 points in the win and Peja Stojakovic had 19 -- including a three-pointer that gave the Kings a brief 107-106 lead with 35.3 seconds left in the game.