San Antonio spanks Nuggets, 95-80
SAN ANTONIO Tony Parker scored 17 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 95-80 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.Not even the return of Allen Iverson could boost Denver. Iverson missed nine of the Nuggets’ last 10 games before the All-Star break with a right ankle sprain. He scored nine points on Tuesday.Manu Ginobili added 14 points and Tim Duncan had 12 during the Spurs’ first home game since they went on a road trip, where they split their eight games.Carmelo Anthony led Denver with 15 points, Nene had 13 and DerMarr Johnson had 11.After trailing for most of the first, the Spurs took a 25-21 lead into the second quarter. Parker helped them extend the lead scoring 10 of his points in the quarter. San Antonio led 49-38 at the break.The Spurs broke the game open in the third quarter outscoring the Nuggets 30-10. Anthony and Iverson were just a combined 1-for-10 in the quarter as Denver had nine turnovers.The Nuggets rallied in the fourth, but it was too late as the Spurs improved to 36-18 on the season while Denver fell to .500 (26-26).Notes: The Spurs beat the Nuggets in Denver on Jan. 10, 92-83. … Denver will visit San Antonio again on April 18 for the teams’ final regular season game. … Denver’s J.R. Smith left the game in the second quarter after hurting his left knee. The team said he would be examined in Denver on Wednesday. … The Spurs next take on the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday. The Nuggets play the Utah Jazz in Denver on Friday. … Matt Bonner 12 minutes and had three points for the Spurs after sitting out since he tore his left MCL on Jan. 13.
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