Minus Parker, Spurs cool off Suns

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Updated: December 19, 2013

Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – In the absence of a star player, it was
business as usual for the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

Manu Ginobili scored a team-high 24 points off the bench and Tim Duncan added
17 points with 13 rebounds to lead the Spurs, who were without Tony Parker, to
a 108-101 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, for San
Antonio.

San Antonio has now won 8-of-9 against Phoenix and four straight at US Airways
Center.

Channing Frye netted 22 points, Goran Dragic deposited 18 and Miles Plumlee
scored 13 with 13 rebounds for Phoenix, which had a five-game winning streak
snapped.

Frye scored 12 of the Suns’ first 19 points to help the hosts jump out to a
19-12 lead with 6:49 left in the first.

Later in the stanza, Phoenix pushed the lead to 10, 29-19, after a Markieff
Morris jumper. The Spurs, however, trailed 34-29 at the end of one.

San Antonio took its first lead of the game off a Leonard three with 4:23 to
go in the first half for a 46-45 lead. The one-point margin held at halftime
with the Spurs leading 59-58.

A Boris Diaw layup with 2:12 remaining in the third capped a 9-2 run to give
San Antonio an 82-73 lead, but the Spurs would relinquish the lead midway
through the fourth quarter.

Plumlee finished off a 10-0 run with a layup to give the Suns a 95-93 lead
with 5:10 left in the contest.

Ginobili then tied the game with a tip-in off a Mills miss, then followed that
with a triple with just under three minutes left.

The Argentinian spearheaded a 15-6 run to end the game.

Game Notes

The last win at home vs. San Antonio for the Suns came on April 13, 2011 …
The Spurs are 2-0 this season against Phoenix … The Suns made seven 3-
pointers, which tied a franchise record by extending their streak to 16
consecutive games with at least seven threes made … The Spurs’ bench
outscored the Suns reserves 58-29 … San Antonio is back in action Thursday
at Golden State … Phoenix travels to Denver on Friday.