Ginobli scores 16, leads Spurs over Pelicans

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 26, 2013 at 12:03 am •  Published: November 26, 2013
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A big effort from the bench sent San Antonio to its 11th straight victory.

Manu Ginobili had 16 points to lead seven players in double figures, and the Spurs beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-93 on Monday night to remain undefeated at home.

"The second team did a good job coming in and playing smart, aggressive basketball," coach Gregg Popovich said. "They didn't take anything for granted."

San Antonio, which led by as many as 32 points, never trailed after Al-Farouq Aminu's layup put New Orleans up 4-2 with 10:54 left in the first quarter.

The Spurs had 30 assists on their 44 field goals, continually making at least two passes on each possession compared to isolation plays and one-pass-and-shoot attempts by the Pelicans. New Orleans had 15 turnovers and finished with 21 assists, which was almost matched by San Antonio's reserves (16).

"We've just got to play harder," Pelicans big man Anthony Davis said. "They just came out and put it on us. It's tough. We didn't play with (any) effort. No energy. We didn't care. We played like we didn't care, and it kind of showed."

Tony Parker had 14 points and seven assists, Tiago Splitter added 11 and Tim Duncan 10 for San Antonio (13-1). Reserves Marco Belinelli had 14 points, Boris Diaw scored 13 and Patty Mills 12.

Ryan Anderson had 17 points, Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday each added 12 points and Davis had 10 for New Orleans (6-7). The Pelicans, who have lost six straight in San Antonio, had a three-game winning streak snapped.

San Antonio matched its best start after 14 games and was again able to give its starters significant rest after rolling past Cleveland 126-96 on Saturday.

"We didn't do a good job of (guarding and sharing the ball)," New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. "I thought their offense was as crisp as any offense we've ever seen. There were times when we were a bit discombobulated on the offensive end."

The Spurs have seven double-digit victories during their streak, winning their last four by an average of 19 points.

"We've got a deep team," Ginobili said. "We're moving the ball really well. We're making shots. The last five games, we made a ton of shots and we are playing focused. We've got 10 players that play every game. We're all concentrating, and we're hustling; we're getting hands on lose balls. And then offensively, we're just moving the ball, attacking quick and finding open teammates."

Ginobili had another instant impact, making consecutive 3-pointers and then drawing a charge on Eric Gordon in his first 2 minutes as the Spurs took a 21-10 lead with 4 minutes left in the first quarter.