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11/18/2012 12:36 AM EST
Ginobili powers Spurs past Nuggets 126-100
SAN ANTONIO 126, DENVER 100
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Manu Ginobili had 20 points and the San
Antonio Spurs set a season high for points in a 126-100 victory
over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.
DeJuan Blair added 19 points and Danny Green had 15 for San
Antonio (8-2). Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each scored 14 points
while playing 25 and 23 minutes, respectively.
Danilo Gallinari scored 15 and Kenneth Faried finished with 14
for Denver (4-6), which has lost three straight games for the
second time this season.
The Spurs shot 54 percent from the field, including a 16-for-20
performance from 3-point range. San Antonio never trailed by
less than 18 points in the second half.
With the outcome in little doubt, one of the few second-half
highlights came when Tiago Splitter dunked over JaVale McGee
with 7 minutes remaining. The dunk caused Duncan to leap out of
his chair in celebration.
Duncan gave San Antonio its largest lead at 74-42 on a pair of
free throws with 7:49 left in the third.
Stephen Jackson made his first start of the season for the
Spurs, and Blair was in the starting lineup for the second time
this season. They combined to score 12 straight points after
Green opened the game with a dunk for a 14-9 lead.
Jackson finished with nine points. Blair also had eight rebounds
and three assists.
Denver finished with 21 turnovers.
NOTES: Spurs F Kawhi Leonard, hampered by quadriceps tendinitis
above his left knee, missed his first game of the season. He is
expected to miss at least 10 days. ... Spurs G Gary Neal missed
his second game after he cut his right index finger when he
picked up his luggage. Neal sported a small bandage around the
index finger. ... The Spurs wore their silver alternate jersey,
which features their traditional Spur logo on the front. It's
the first jersey in NBA history without any writing on the front
of the jersey. ... Nuggets F Wilson Chandler (hip) missed his
second straight game.
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