Spurs 112, Pelicans 93

Danny Sanchez, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SAN ANTONIO -- Guards Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli combined for 30 points off the bench to push the San Antonio Spurs to their 11th straight victory, 112-93 over the New Orleans Pelicans, on Monday night.
The Spurs (13-1) had seven players in double figures, four from the bench. Ginobili led the way with 16 points. Belinelli and point guard Tony Parker each scored 14, forward Boris Diaw added 13, guard Patty Mills 12, center Tiago Splitter 11 and forward Tim Duncan 10.
Splitter tweaked an ankle in the second period and did not see action in the second half.
Forward Ryan Anderson scored 17 points for New Orleans (6-7), which had won three straight. Guards Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday both scored 12, while forward Anthony Davis added 10.
San Antonio used a surgical offense that moved the ball around the horn, getting 44 field goals on 30 assists and shooting 54.3 percent. For the second game in a row, the Spurs built a 32-point lead; Mills' jump shot made it 101-69 with nine minutes left.
San Antonio was equally strong on the defensive side, limiting the Pelicans to 38.1 percent shooting (37 of 97) and forcing 16 turnovers for 21 points.
Parker had 12 points and dished out six of his seven assists at the midway point to help propel the Spurs to a 57-40 halftime lead.
The Spurs made their first run early, when Ginobili connected on consecutive 3-point shots. That ignited an 11-0 first quarter run and put the Spurs up 21-10. San Antonio hit four 3-pointers in the quarter. Ginobili hit 4 of 5 3-pointers in the game.
New Orleans came back behind Evans, who scored five points in the last minute and a half of the quarter to cut the lead 27-24.
The Spurs outscored the Pelicans 30-16 in the second quarter and had a 20-point lead on Duncan's layup and free throw with 36 seconds left in the half.
NOTES: The Spurs' bench is a strong component to the team's success this year. The reserves entered Monday averaging 42.4 points, fourth in the NBA, and they led the league with 11.2 assists a game. ... Pelicans coach Monty Williams has strong ties to San Antonio. He played for the Spurs from 1995 to 1998 and returned to the organization as a coaching intern during the 2004-05 seasons. ... New Orleans began play ranked third in the NBA in steals, averaging 9.75 per game. ... San Antonio G Tony Parker and F Tim Duncan are the active leaders for most wins as teammates. They began play Monday with 603 victories spanning 12 seasons, fourth in the NBA history.

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