Spurs smack Sixers to ride high in the West

Sun Jan 6, 2013 12:42am EST
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(Reuters) - Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs maintained course with a swagger in their bid for supremacy in the hotly contested Western Conference with a 109-86 rout of the road-weary Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Four-times All-Star guard Parker recorded 20 points and five assists while Manu Ginobili added 19 points and Tim Duncan 16 as the Spurs improved their record to 27-9 with a commanding display on home court.

Coming off their first loss in eight games, a 100-83 thrashing by the Knicks in New York on Thursday, San Antonio kept up the pressure on the pacesetting Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers for top spot in the West.

"Our guys played well tonight," Duncan told reporters after his 16-point tally lifted him into 24th place in the NBA's all-time scoring list, above Adrian Dantley. "We made shots and we took them out."

The Spurs outrebounded the Sixers 50-41 on the way to their 10th straight home victory.

Bench player Spencer Hawes led the way with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting for Philadelphia, who slipped to 15-20 for the season with their third straight defeat.

"This would have been a tall order if we had eight days rest," 76ers coach Doug Collins said after his team's fourth game in five nights.

"This team (the Spurs) is as good as any team in the NBA."

ROAD RUN   Continued...