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Duncan leads Spurs over Nuggets 108-103

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 11:34 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs didn't dwell on nearly blowing a 24-point lead in the second half. They won, and that's all that mattered to the veteran club.

Tim Duncan had 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and San Antonio overcame a fourth-quarter collapse to beat the Denver Nuggets 108-103 Wednesday night for its 15th straight victory.

Tiago Splitter, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had 10 points apiece for the Spurs (55-16), who have the league's best record.

"They made it competitive," Parker said. "They played with a lot of energy. We missed a lot of little stuff; easy layups that we always make and they got back in the game. It happens sometimes. We're not going to beat everybody by 20."

It just seemed like they were after overwhelming the Nuggets in the first half.

Danny Green's 3-pointer at the buzzer was his fifth of the half, giving San Antonio its largest lead of opening 24 minutes at 63-43.

Green scored 16 points, all in the first half, before leaving with a foot injury early in the second. His status is unknown, but he wore a walking boot as a precaution after the game and will have an MRI on Thursday morning.

"All of a sudden he couldn't walk," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "The bottom of the foot, there is something. They are going to X-ray it. I am just guessing it is plantar fasciitis or something like that."

San Antonio had 19 assists while going 24 for 42 from the field and forcing nine turnovers in the first half.

"We were getting embarrassed in the first half," Denver forward Darrell Arthur said. "I was upset. I had words with some of the guys in the locker room."

Aaron Brooks scored 25 points and Kenneth Faried had 24 points, including 15 points in a frenzied final quarter for the Nuggets.

Denver went on a 34-20 run in the final 11 minutes.

"We played a good half, we played a bad half," Popovich said. "The NBA is a 48-minute game and you've got to keep playing."

After leading by as many as 24 points and by 20 midway through the third quarter, San Antonio needed Duncan's late heroics to preserve its win streak.

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