Ginobili powers Spurs past Nuggets 126-100

Associated Press Modified: November 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm •  Published: November 17, 2012
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan was able to relax and cheer on his teammates, and he even got to enjoy a courtside snack.

This was one nice night for the San Antonio Spurs.

Manu Ginobili had 20 points and San Antonio set a season high for points in a 126-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

The Spurs (8-2) shot 53 percent from the field, including a 16-for-27 performance from 3-point range.

"It's a lot of fun, for any team, when shots are going in," said Danny Green, who had 15 points. "We've had a couple of games where we've struggled. We stayed in the game, trying to playing defense, but we wanted to do a better job rebounding. And when shots are falling for you, it makes it a lot of fun, a lot easier."

DeJuan Blair added 19 points for San Antonio. Tony Parker and Duncan each scored 14 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 collected 33 assists on 47 baskets during the Nuggets' worst loss of the season.

"They did a great job of finding the open man; hitting somebody with a little better shot," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "The pace was good. The ball movement was great and it allowed us to score. It was a great response after a tough loss against New York and that's what you like to see."

The Spurs blew a 19-point lead in the final 7 minutes during a 104-100 loss to the Knicks on Thursday night, but they finished the job in this one.

With the win in hand, 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.

Minutes after the dunk, Duncan walked over to the scorer's table and grabbed a few red Lifesavers to enjoy on the bench.

Duncan gave San Antonio its largest lead at 74-42 on a pair of free throws with 7:49 left in the third.



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