Duncan's double-double lifts Spurs past 76ers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As the 76ers' lead grew, the fans got louder, the fourth quarter a bit more wild.

It didn't get unpredictable. At least, not to anyone on the Spurs.

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have thrived in situations more uncomfortable than trailing on the road in the fourth against a sub-.500 team.

Duncan and Parker pushed back hard-charging Philadelphia late in the game to lead San Antonio to its fifth straight win, 90-85 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Duncan had his fifth double-double of the season with 24 points and 17 rebounds and Parker had 20 points. The Spurs blew a 17-point lead in the first half before rallying late in the fourth to win again without guard Manu Ginobili. Ginobili is still out with a strained left hamstring.

After the Sixers turned the 17-point hole into a seven-point lead, the Spurs got it together. Kawhi Leonard dunked off a turnover, then buried a 3 off a defensive board to tie it 88-all. Duncan's jumper made it 84-82 and Parker swished one the next time down.

"We called a couple of things down the stretch that Tony and Timmy have been running for over a decade now," coach Gregg Popovich said. "The balls, they went in."

For the Sixers, the balls went out: They missed nine of their final 10 shots and the Spurs closed the game on a 15-3 run.

"When you've been playing a long time, and you have a great coach, you know what to do," Parker said.

The Sixers seems lost. Evan Turner had 18 points and 12 rebounds, but the Sixers still lost for the seventh time in nine games. Andrew Bynum, out all season with knee injured knees, said before the game he remained on target to return around the All-Star break.

The Sixers could use him. Without their best player, they've slumped to seven games under .500.

Without Ginobili for the fourth straight game, the Spurs got clutch baskets down the stretch to win their NBA-high 15th road game.

After a miserable first half, the Sixers turned to Spencer Hawes and Nick Young off the bench to come back. The Sixers erased the early 17-point hole with three straight big baskets in the fourth.

Royal Ivey pulled them within two, Turner's 14-footer tied it at 73-all and Hawes put them ahead for the first time in the game with a 17-footer that made it 75-73.

Thaddeus Young's short jumper put the crowd of 15,346 on their feet and stirred up the "Defense!" chant for the first time all game.

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