Spurs 108, Suns 101

Jerry Brown, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

PHOENIX -- Guard Manu Ginobili scored 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and 11 in the final four minutes as the San Antonio Spurs snapped the Phoenix Suns' five-game winning streak with 108-101 victory Wednesday.
Playing without point guard Tony Parker, sidelined due to a shin contusion, the Spurs committed 18 turnovers but got 58 points from their bench and closed out the game with a 15-6 run.
Forward Tim Duncan contributed 17 points and 13 rebounds, and forward Kawhi Leonard had 14 points as San Antonio beat the Suns for the seventh time in the past eight meetings.
Phoenix reeled off 10 straight points and took 95-93 lead on a put-back by center Miles Plumlee with 5:10 left. Ginobili tied the game on tip-in and then put San Antonio ahead to stay on a 3-pointer with 2:58 to go. He hit a 10-foot baseline jumper and made two free throws to give San Antonio a 104-97 lead.
Forward Channing Frye led had 15 of his 22 points in the first quarter for the Suns, who had five players finish in double figures but scored only 20 points in the fourth quarter. Guard Goran Dragic had 18 points and guard Eric Bledsoe added 15, but Phoenix dropped to 0-2 against the Spurs (20-5).
The Suns (14-10) shot 60 percent from the field in the first quarter, hitting eight of their first 11 shots, including three 3-pointers by Frye. The power forward made his first six shots, and Phoenix hit its first five 3-pointers as a team.
Without Parker, the Spurs committed seven first-quarter turnovers but shot well themselves (52.2 percent) and shaved a 10-point Phoenix lead to 34-29 at the quarter thanks to back-to-back Mills 3-pointers in the final 1:09.
The Spurs kept coming and took their first lead at 47-46 on a Leonard 3-pointer with 4:23 left. Ginobili had 11 points for the Spurs and Leonard had 10 as San Antonio led 59-58 at the half.
NOTES: San Antonio's Gregg Popovich is the only NBA coach who was coaching with his current team when Suns coach Jeff Hornacek was still playing. Popovich is in his 18th season. Hornacek and the Utah Jazz were 9-6 against Popovich's Spurs from 1996-2000. ... During their five-game winning streak, the Suns trailed for a total of 27 minutes. They led in 198 of the 240 minutes, and they were tied for 15. ... Hornacek on the Spurs without G Tony Parker: "These guys play the same way. They've had games when he, (Tim) Duncan and (Manu) Ginobili have missed, and guys come in off the bench and the speed doesn't change. They execute the game plays." ... Entering Wednesday's game, Spurs F Tim Duncan played 37 more career minutes (42,064) than the all 13 members of the entire Suns roster (42,027). ... The Suns made at least seven 3-pointers for a 16th consecutive game, tying the longest such streak in team history (Nov. 3-Dec. 8, 2006).

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