Final Score: San Antonio 97, Phoenix 87
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs didn't look past their
lowly foe in the finale of their longest road trip of the season.
Kawhi Leonard led a balanced Spurs attack with 16 points, nine rebounds and
three steals in San Antonio's 97-87 rout of the Phoenix Suns.
Six Spurs finished in double figures, including Patty Mills (16), Tiago
Splitter (14), Boris Diaw (12), Manu Ginobili (11) and Tim Duncan (10).
"A lot of those guys are journeymen and players from lower leagues. (Popovich)
has made those guys into assets in this league," Suns interim head coach
Lindsey Hunter said.
San Antonio went 7-2 on its road stretch.
"We're glad the road trip is over, and we're going home. Nine in a row on the
road is enough," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.
Tony Parker missed his fourth game this year due to a right triceps contusion.
The Spurs are 3-1 without him.
Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who have dropped
seven of their last eight games.
Phoenix led 21-19 after a quarter of play, but San Antonio seized control of
the contest in the second with a 14-0 run to start the frame.
Mills hit a 3-pointer and sunk all three free throws after being fouled on a
three, and Stephen Jackson capped the burst with a triple for a 33-21 Spurs
The lead swelled to 19 before the visitors took a 54-40 cushion into the
break. San Antonio took a 78-61 spread into the final frame and the margin
reached its apex at 21 in the fourth.
Phoenix turned the ball over 20 times, which led to 25 San Antonio points ...
Luis Scola added 15 points and six boards for the Suns ... Phoenix shot just
37 percent (30-of-81) from the floor.
02/25 00:30:15 ET
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