NBA: San Antonio beats Suns in finale of long road trip

2013-02-25T00:00:00Z NBA: San Antonio beats Suns in finale of long road tripThe Associate Press The Associate Press Arizona Daily Star
February 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Patty Mills and Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points apiece to lead six San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs ended their nine-game road trip Sunday night with a 97-87 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

The Spurs, with Tony Parker out because of a sore right triceps, finished their annual long journey - caused by a rodeo back home - at 7-2 to boost their NBA-best record to 45-13.

Tiago Splitter scored nine of his 14 in San Antonio's 35-point second quarter.

Marcin Gortat scored 21 for Phoenix, 16 in the first half. Luis Scola added 15, and Goran Dragic had 10 points and 11 assists.

San Antonio beat the Suns for the sixth straight time and ninth in their last 10 meetings.

The Spurs scored the first 14 points of the second quarter, taking a 33-21 lead on Stephen Jackson's three-pointer from the corner. The outburst reached 25-4 with Splitter scoring seven straight points, punctuated by his three-point play that put the Spurs up 44-25 with 4:53 left in the half.

Phoenix cut the lead to 13 three times the rest of the quarter with San Antonio leading 54-40 at the break.

• Lakers 103, Mavericks 99: In Dallas, Kobe Bryant had 38 points to win a scoring duel with Dirk Nowitzki, and Los Angeles won.

With chants of MVP from a strong contingent of Lakers fans, Bryant scored 14 in the fourth, including seven in the final 3 minutes to hold off a spirited Dallas effort.

• Warriors 100, Timberwolves 99: In Minneapolis, Jarrett Jack had 23 points and eight assists, and David Lee had 22 points and 13 rebounds to rally Golden State to a victory over Minnesota.

• Hornets 110, Kings 95: In New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 17 points and eight assists for the Hornets.

• Heat 109, Cavaliers 105: In Miami, LeBron James scored 28 points, Dwyane Wade scored 11 of his 24 in the final five minutes, and the Heat extended the NBA's longest current winning streak to 11 games.

• Knicks 99, 76ers 93: In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Amare Stoudemire had a season-high 22, and the Knicks snapped their longest losing streak of the season at four.

• Grizzlies 76, Nets 72: In New York, Zach Randolph had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Marc Gasol scored 14 points and Memphis won its seventh straight.

• Trail Blazers 92, Celtics 86: In Portland, Ore., Wesley Matthews had 24 points, including a clutch three-pointer with less than a minute to go, and the Trail Blazers snapped their seven-game losing streak.

• Thunder 102, Bulls 72: In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 23 points, and Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka both contributed double-doubles as the Thunder won.

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