Manu Ginobili contributed 16 points and nine assists and Kawhi
Leonard added 15 points as the Spurs prevailed while playing at home
for the first time since Feb. 1. Tim Duncan had 13 points and nine
rebounds, Tiago Splitter also scored 13 points and Boris Diaw added
12 as eight players scored in double digits for San Antonio, which
was without injured All-Star point guard Tony Parker for the fifth
Josh Smith scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half for Detroit,
which has lost six of seven games. Will Bynum added 18 points and
nine assists, Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points and Andre Drummond had
16 points and 17 rebounds.
The Pistons were within seven after a basket by Bynum with 5:46 to
play before Ginobili scored five points and Belinelli drained a
3-pointer during a 10-4 burst that pushed the lead to 114-101 with
3:09 to go. Leonard’s dunk made it a 15-point margin with 1:59 left
as the Spurs finished off an effort in which they matched a season
high with 34 assists.
[to top of second column]
Detroit had a six-point lead late in the first half before Duncan
scored the final six points of a 10-0 surge to give San Antonio a
57-53 lead at the break. The Pistons tied the game at 71 just past
the midway point of the third quarter and the Spurs responded with a
17-6 run and settled for a 90-81 edge entering the final stanza.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Patty Mills with 11 points and Cory Joseph with 10
also reached double digits for the Spurs, who shot 53.7 percent from
the field and were 23-of-25 from the free-throw line. … Detroit G
Brandon Jennings was scoreless in 13 minutes before leaving with a
toe injury. … Leonard missed the previous 14 games with a broken
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.