Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/12
SAN ANTONIO -- The Spurs' blistering showtime offense that was on display most of last season was back with Manu Ginobili leading the way as San Antonio beat the slumping Denver Nuggets 126-100 at the AT&T Center on Saturday night. The Nuggets hung on for a while, trailing only 16-13 with just over four minutes left in the first quarter before the Spurs were able to break free for a 32-point lead early in the second quarter. They were never really challenged the rest of the game. The Spurs actually shot better from long range (16 of 27 for 59 percent) than they did overall (47 of 88 for 53 percent). The 126 points were a season high. Ginobili scored a game-high 20 points off the bench. The Spurs’ veteran guard broke out of the shooting slump that has plagued him this season (37 percent, including only 4 of 24 from 3-point land) by going 5 of 7 from deep and dishing out four assists. He had plenty of help. Danny Green scored 15, hitting 3 of 5 3-pointers, and DeJuan Blair scored a season-high 19 points. Tim Duncan (14 points) got the crowd on its feet with a baseline 3-pointer to end the first half. Danilo Gallinari led Denver, which has now lost three games in a row, with 15 points. Denver, which has not shot the ball well this season, shot 50 percent after a slow start, but defense was the culprit. The Spurs led 60-40 at halftime. Duncan had 12 points, including the first-half buzzer-beating baseline 3-pointer off a feed from Tony Parker. Ginobili also broke out of a shooting slump, tying Duncan with 12 points while hitting 3 of 5 3-pointers. Green, one of the NBA's 3-point shooting leaders, hit both of his 3s and added 12 points. Green hit back-to-back 3s near the end of the first quarter. The Spurs got off to a good start, leading 33-15 after one quarter. Denver hit just 38.9 percent of its first-quarter shots, continuing its trend of misfiring this season, and allowed the Spurs to open up big cushion. The Nuggets worked their way up to 46 percent at halftime. But nothing was going right as the Nuggets turned the ball over 15 times in the first half. Kenneth Faried, last week's Western Conference Player of the Week, was held to four points and two rebounds in the first half. The Spurs outrebounded the Nuggets, the NBA's best rebounding team, 19-15. NOTES: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (left knee tendinitis) and guard Gary Neal (laceration on right hand) both sat out. Stephen Jackson started in Leonard's place. ... The Spurs lead the series 100-62 but are 63-19 in San Antonio. ... The Nuggets are off to a 4-6 start, but don't blame the rebounding. They were leading the NBA with 50.7 rebounds and 16.4 offensive rebounds per game.
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