Spurs 109, 76ers 86

Manu Ginobili drove to the basket for a one-handed dunk, and the

rout was on.

The San Antonio Spurs may be one of the league’s oldest teams,

but they had no problem dispatching with the younger Philadelphia

76ers on Saturday night.

Ginobili scored 19 points and Tim Duncan moved up a spot on the

NBA’s career scoring list, helping San Antonio to an easy 109-86

victory.

Tony Parker had 20 points and Duncan added 16 for San Antonio,

which has won 10 straight at home. Danny Green scored 13, and Tiago

Splitter finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Spencer Hawes had a game-high 22 points for Philadelphia, which

has lost three straight and five of six.

”You can’t breathe for a second,” Philadelphia guard Jrue

Holiday said. ”Even though I would count them as one of the older

groups, there’s just a lot of leadership, a lot of minutes played,

and a lot of basketball players. They’re a good team.”

Duncan now has 23,179 points over 15 seasons, passing Adrian

Dantley for 24th on the scoring list.

Duncan, Ginobili and Parker set a decisive tone against

Philadelphia, scoring 22 of San Antonio’s 31 points in the first

quarter. The Spurs’ trio did not have any turnovers in the opening

quarter while combining for six assists and four rebounds in

building a 10-point lead.

Philadelphia coach Doug Collins could only nod his head in

admiration at what the three Spurs stars did Saturday and what they

have done throughout their career under coach Gregg Popovich’s

guidance.

”(Popovich’s) got three core guys that have been with him

through thick and thin,” Collins said. ”If you’ve noticed what

they’ve done, they always change the pieces around them. Those

three and Pop are all there together. That’s the stability.”

Still, it was Ginobili’s outing that excited the Spurs. He seems

to be fully healthy after a series of leg injuries in recent

seasons.

”I’ve been back for more than a month,” Ginobili said. ”Of

course, when you play four games in five nights, it’s hard to feel

fresh. Then you have a day off and a good night sleep and you start

to get it back. Sooner or later it gets better, it has to.”

After making a pair of 3s, Ginobili crossed up Evan Turner,

driving to the basket for a one-handed dunk that gave San Antonio a

29-16 lead with 3 minutes left in the first.

”That was great to see,” Popovich said. ”He’s had to slowly

get back all his athleticism. His confidence is always there

because he’s such an experienced guy, but his body’s caught up and

he looks as good as he’s looked in a while. He’s definitely

back.”

San Antonio improved to 14-2 at home while rebounding from a

blowout loss Thursday against the New York Knicks.

Philadelphia’s only lead came via Thaddeus Young’s hook shot on

the game’s opening possession. Splitter tied the game with a layup

on the ensuing possession and Duncan’s 15-foot jumper gave the

Spurs a 4-2 lead they would never relinquish.

Turner added 12 points and Young, Holiday and Jason Richardson

each added 11 for the 76ers (15-20).

Philadelphia shot 42 percent from the field, including a

3-for-17 night from long range. The Spurs had 24 assists while

shooting 48 percent.

Parker was 8 for 16 from the field in 29 minutes, the most of

any San Antonio player in the rout.

NOTES: San Antonio’s Stephen Jackson (sprained right ankle)

missed his 16th game of the season. He injured his ankle against

New York, tripping over a waitress working the courtside seats. …

Nando De Colo was recalled from San Antonio’s Austin affiliate in

the NBA Development League prior to the Saturday’s game. … Former

Spurs F Malik Rose is now serving as an analyst for the 76ers’

television broadcasts. Rose subbed as an analyst for former

teammate Sean Elliott on several San Antonio broadcasts last season

prior to joining Philadelphia’s crew. Rose is a native of

Philadelphia. … Gary Neal had 12 points for San Antonio.