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Spurs handle Wolves again

The Spurs’ Tim Duncan, right, tries to slap away a shot by the Timberwolves’ Corey Brewer during the second quarter.

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The Spurs’ Tim Duncan, right, tries to slap away a shot by the Timberwolves’ Corey Brewer during the second quarter.

SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili had 14 of his 21 points in the second quarter, and the Spurs beat Minnesota 94-91 on Sunday night for their 15th straight victory over the Timberwolves.

Six players scored in double figures for San Antonio, which ran its NBA-best record to 31-6 while extending the league's longest current winning streak against one team.

Richard Jefferson and Gary Neal added 13 points each and Tony Parker, George Hill and Matt Bonner all had 11.

Kevin Love, who averaged 28.5 points and 20 rebounds in two previous losses to the Spurs, had 18 points and 17 rebounds. Darko Milicic had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Luke Ridnour added 16 points in Minnesota's fourth straight loss.

The Spurs returned from a 1-2 road trip. They would have lost all three if not for a fourth-quarter comeback Friday, when they held the Pacers to 1-for-15 shooting and won 90-87.

That marked the fifth time this season the Spurs had come back to win after being down by 15 in the fourth, with one of those wins coming against the Timberwolves.

San Antonio came from double digits down in both previous wins over Minnesota and trailed by nine in the second quarter in this one before going to Ginobili. The 6-foot-6 guard energized the Spurs, going 5-of-5 from the field and helping San Antonio to a 50-44 halftime lead.

Hill's free throws with 3:24 left in the game gave the Spurs a 94-86 lead, but they did not score again. Ridnour's 3-pointer with 1:40 left cut it to 94-91, and the Timberwolves had two final attempts, but Ridnour's 3-point attempt with 31 seconds left bounced off the rim into Jefferson's hands.

Anthony Tolliver's final 3-point shot was an airball with .9 left.

The teams meet again Tuesday in Minnesota for the final game of the series.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Eric Gordon had 25 points, Blake Griffin had 23 points and 12 rebounds and the host Clippers beat the Warriors 105-91 for their seventh win in 10 games. … Andrea Bargnani scored 30 and the Raptors beat Sacramento 118-112, handing the Kings their 10th straight road loss. … Jared Dudley came off the bench to score 21 and the host Suns handed the Cavaliers their 10th straight loss, 108-100.

MELO DEAL CLOSE?: The Nets are closing in on a deal to bring Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey.

Talks on a three-team trade with the Nuggets and Pistons are "advancing," the Associated Press reported. The trade would reunite Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton in New Jersey along with Anthony.

The deal would fall apart if Anthony refused to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension with the Nets, according to AP. Billups also has said he would be reluctant to leave Denver.

Anthony refused to discuss a potential deal before the Nuggets played New Orleans in Denver on Sunday night.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, arguably the team's best player, is done for the season with a torn ankle tendon that will require surgery. … Guard Stephen Jackson said the Bobcats had no choice but to fire Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown so they could shift to a more effective offensive style. Jackson said players resisted the demanding Brown's slowdown system. Also, Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace is eyeing a Wednesday return from a left ankle injury that has sidelined him for much of the past month. … Lakers forward Matt Barnes is likely to have surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, an injury expected to sideline him for several weeks. … Veteran Suns forward Grant Hill left the game against the Cavaliers with a sprained right knee. … Kings guard Tyreke Evans missed the game against the Raptors with a sprained left ankle. … The Suns signed free-agent guard Zabian Dowdell to a 10-day contract.

Spurs 94, Timberwolves 91

MINNESOTA (91): Beasley 1-4 0-0 2, Love 7-15 3-4 18, Milicic 5-16 1-2 11, Ridnour 7-12 0-0 16, Brewer 3-10 1-2 8, Tolliver 4-8 0-0 9, Johnson 4-13 0-0 9, Flynn 2-7 0-0 4, Pekovic 1-2 3-4 5, Webster 4-9 0-0 9. Totals 38-96 8-12 91.

SAN ANTONIO (94): Jefferson 6-12 0-0 13, Duncan 4-10 0-0 8, Blair 0-4 0-0 0, Parker 3-8 5-7 11, Ginobili 7-16 5-6 21, Bonner 4-7 2-2 11, Hill 2-11 7-7 11, Neal 4-5 2-3 13, McDyess 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 33-78 21-25 94.

Minnesota 21 23 23 24— 91

San Antonio 18 32 24 20— 94

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 7-20 (Ridnour 2-3, Brewer 1-2, Tolliver 1-3, Webster 1-3, Johnson 1-3, Love 1-4, Flynn 0-2), San Antonio 7-21 (Neal 3-4, Ginobili 2-5, Bonner 1-3, Jefferson 1-5, Hill 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 57 (Love 17), San Antonio 54 (Bonner 9). AssistsMinnesota 16 (Ridnour 7), San Antonio 21 (Duncan 5). Total FoulsMinnesota 20, San Antonio 14. TechnicalsMilicic, Minnesota Coach Rambis. A18,581 (18,797).

Suns 108, Cavaliers 100

CLEVELAND (100): Eyenga 4-10 0-0 8, Jamison 9-23 4-4 23, Hickson 8-23 7-11 23, Williams 2-11 1-1 5, Harris 7-13 9-11 27, Samuels 1-3 0-0 2, Sessions 2-7 0-0 4, Gee 2-5 3-4 8. Totals 35-95 24-31 100.

PHOENIX (108): Hill 1-2 0-0 2, Frye 6-14 0-0 16, Lopez 7-10 1-2 15, Nash 6-12 7-7 20, Carter 8-17 0-0 19, Dudley 7-14 2-4 21, Warrick 1-4 4-4 6, Dragic 3-7 2-4 8, Pietrus 0-1 1-2 1, Gortat 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 39-83 17-23 108.

Cleveland 26 26 29 19— 100

Phoenix 26 25 30 27— 108

3-Point GoalsCleveland 6-20 (Harris 4-7, Gee 1-1, Jamison 1-7, Eyenga 0-2, Williams 0-3), Phoenix 13-28 (Dudley 5-8, Frye 4-6, Carter 3-7, Nash 1-5, Dragic 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 57 (Hickson 17), Phoenix 60 (Frye 12). AssistsCleveland 24 (Williams 12), Phoenix 25 (Nash 17). Total FoulsCleveland 19, Phoenix 23. TechnicalsPhoenix defensive three second. A17,031 (18,422).

Raptors 118, Kings 112

SACRAMENTO (112): Garcia 4-11 4-4 13, Thompson 6-12 7-8 19, Cousins 8-14 2-3 18, Udrih 9-17 4-6 25, Taylor 2-8 0-0 4, Dalembert 1-2 0-0 2, Landry 7-13 8-10 22, Casspi 3-11 2-2 9, Jeter 0-3 0-1 0, Greene 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Head 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-91 27-34 112.

TORONTO (118): Kleiza 3-9 1-2 7, Dorsey 1-1 0-2 2, Bargnani 12-19 4-5 30, Calderon 5-11 3-3 13, DeRozan 13-20 2-3 28, Johnson 3-3 2-2 8, Davis 0-1 2-2 2, Barbosa 7-11 1-2 18, Bayless 4-7 1-2 10, Wright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 48-82 16-23 118.

Sacramento 31 19 35 27— 112

Toronto 34 23 28 33— 118

3-Point GoalsSacramento 5-16 (Udrih 3-4, Casspi 1-5, Garcia 1-6, Taylor 0-1), Toronto 6-13 (Barbosa 3-3, Bargnani 2-4, Bayless 1-3, Calderon 0-1, Kleiza 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSacramento 51 (Thompson 11), Toronto 48 (Johnson 9). AssistsSacramento 19 (Jeter 6), Toronto 26 (Calderon 9). Total FoulsSacramento 19, Toronto 26. TechnicalsSacramento defensive three second, Toronto defensive three second. A17,206 (19,800).

Clippers 105, Warriors 91

GOLDEN STATE (91): D.Wright 9-15 4-6 27, Lee 2-6 4-4 8, Biedrins 0-1 0-0 0, Curry 2-13 4-5 8, Ellis 4-19 5-7 13, Law 2-5 2-2 6, Udoh 1-1 0-0 2, Williams 3-5 1-4 9, Amundson 2-3 0-0 4, Radmanovic 2-4 0-0 4, Gadzuric 2-7 0-0 4, B.Wright 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 32-82 20-28 91.

L.A. CLIPPERS (105): Gomes 4-9 1-3 9, Griffin 7-16 9-11 23, Jordan 3-5 3-5 9, Davis 5-12 6-6 17, Gordon 8-18 6-6 25, Bledsoe 1-6 0-0 2, Aminu 4-10 4-4 12, Foye 0-5 2-3 2, Diogu 2-5 1-3 5, Collins 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 34-86 33-43 105.

Golden State 28 20 25 18— 91

L.A. Clippers 32 30 29 14— 105

3-Point GoalsGolden State 7-22 (D.Wright 5-6, Williams 2-3, Lee 0-1, Radmanovic 0-1, Ellis 0-5, Curry 0-6), L.A. Clippers 4-17 (Gordon 3-8, Davis 1-3, Gomes 0-1, Bledsoe 0-2, Aminu 0-3). Fouled OutBiedrins, Lee. ReboundsGolden State 50 (Gadzuric 7), L.A. Clippers 70 (Jordan 13). AssistsGolden State 20 (Ellis 6), L.A. Clippers 21 (Davis 11). Total FoulsGolden State 32, L.A. Clippers 20. TechnicalsGolden State Coach Smart, Golden State defensive three second, L.A. Clippers defensive three second. A17,696 (19,060).

Spurs handle Wolves again 01/09/11 [Last modified: Sunday, January 9, 2011 10:57pm]

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