Philadelphia at San Antonio

Parker, Duncan spark Spurs win; Sixers continue losing streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN ANTONIO -- Manu Ginobili saved the San Antonio Spurs from giving a game away to the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers.

Ginobili scored eight of his 17 points late to lead the Spurs to a 103-98 victory Saturday night, handing the 76ers their 11th straight loss.

Ginobili "has unbelievable will (to win)," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He does things you can't draw. He has extraordinary will to get it done."

Tony Parker scored 24 points, Tim Duncan had 21 and Michael Finley 14 for the Spurs.

Andre Iguodala tied his career-high with 27 points to lead the 76ers. Kevin Ollie had 19 points, Willie Green 18 and Alan Henderson and Kyle Korver added 13 apiece.

The 76ers were without Allen Iverson, sitting out his sixth straight game while the 76ers try to fulfill his demand for a trade, and Chris Webber (sprained right ankle).

Still, the Spurs squandered a 17-point third-quarter advantage and allowed Philadelphia to take a lead late in the fourth. However, Ginobili served up a 3-pointer, another basket and three free throws in the last 2:47 to put the Spurs over 100 and seal the win.

"In the final few minutes we stepped up, but we can't be satisfied with that," Ginobili said. "It isn't always going to end up like today."

Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said he's pleased with his team's "grit and scrappiness."

"It's just unfortunate that we haven't been able to finish the game. ... It's hard to continue. We've been doing it night in and night out," Cheeks said. "I give our guys a lot of credit for stepping up despite not having won a game.

"At some point it's going to turn. We're going to get a break here or a break there."

The 76ers have their longest losing streak since dropping 13 in a row from Dec. 28, 1996, to Jan. 20, 1997.

"It's already frustrating to be losing and then not to be a part of it, just adds to it," said Webber, who was at Saturday's game.

After the game Cheeks did not address a possible Iverson trade.

Leading 54-50 at halftime, San Antonio quickly took a double-digit lead in the third off seven quick points from Duncan and a fast-break reverse layup from Ginobili.

Parker then buried a 3-pointer with the shot clock almost gone then followed with an 18-footer.

The Spurs' biggest lead in the quarter, and game, was 17, and they took an 11-point cushion into the fourth.

However, the 76ers whittled the Spurs' lead down to one when Korver made a 3-pointer with 4:49 left. Samuel Dalembert's dunk put the 76ers ahead 95-93 before Parker tied it up again.

After that, Ginobili's shots put San Antonio on top.

The 76ers, who lost 93-79 to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, took a 26-23 lead into the second quarter.

Philadelphia remained close in the second with the help of 10 points from Green. The teams were tied five times during the quarter.

Iguodala said Saturday's matchup "showed we have fight in us."

"But we have to throw our counter-punch a little bit quicker," he said. "We need to respond a little quicker than we have, instead of getting down 17 and having to fight back."

Notes

  • San Antonio announced it has assigned G-F James White to the Austin Toros in the NBA Development League. White was signed by San Antonio on Nov. 3 and hasn't seen any time with the Spurs.
  • San Antonio C Jackie Butler was out with the flu Saturday.
  • The 76ers have lost 10 straight road games.
  • The Spurs are 14-1 when scoring 100 or more points.
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San Antonio's Tony Parker scores 24 points to lead the Spurs past the slumping Sixers.  (Getty Images)
San Antonio's Tony Parker scores 24 points to lead the Spurs past the slumping Sixers. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Philadelphia (5-18) 2624242498
San Antonio (19-6) «23313118103
PHI:A. Iguodala 27 Pts
PHI:A. Henderson 9 Reb
PHI:A. Iguodala 5 Ast
SA:T. Parker 24 Pts
SA:T. Duncan 9 Reb
SA:T. Parker 8 Ast
Players of the Game
San AntonioPhiladelphia

T. Parker

A. Iguodala
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
24482775
Philadelphia
A. Iguodala, SF469-178-1275427
W. Green, SG407-233-454218
K. Ollie, PG389-111-234219
S. Dalembert, C324-80-06248
A. Henderson, PF236-71-190213
K. Korver, SF374-123-351313
L. Williams, SG100-20-02210
R. Carney, SF80-00-02010
S. Hunter, C40-00-00000
B. Jones, SF20-00-01000
A. Iverson, PGDid Not Play
C. Webber, PFDid Not Play
S. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
I. McFarlin, PFDid Not Play
S. Smith, SFDid Not Play
Totals 39-8016-2240181998
 48.8%72.7% 
San Antonio
B. Bowen, SF413-51-21239
T. Duncan, PF388-165-696321
T. Parker, PG3510-172-448224
M. Ginobili, SG306-164-591217
F. Elson, C181-12-26134
M. Finley, SG266-100-053214
B. Barry, SG211-24-41036
B. Udrih, PG131-50-03203
R. Horry, PF100-20-01010
F. Oberto, PF62-51-12115
J. Vaughn, PGDid Not Play
E. Williams, PFDid Not Play
M. Bonner, PFDid Not Play
J. Butler, CDid Not Play
J. White, GDid Not Play
Totals 38-7919-24412420103
 48.1%79.2% 
Other Games
Chi 106 Final
Atl 104
Bos 106 Final
Char 100
Cle 74 Final
Orl 81
Mem 90 Final
Mia 98
Den 123 Final
NY 100
Det 90 Final
NJ 82
Dal 90 Final
NO 79
Min 104 Final
Mil 108
Pho 105 Final
Sac 98