Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/16

Game 1: Saturday, December 16th
Game 2: Sunday, January 21st

76ers 98

(5-18, 2-12 away)

Spurs 103

(19-6, 9-3 home)

Coverage: FSSW

7:00 PM ET, December 16, 2006

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 26 24 24 2498
SA 23 31 31 18103

Top Performers

Phi: A. Iguodala 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

SA: T. Parker 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast

Parker, Duncan help Spurs extends Sixers' skid to 11

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Manu Ginobili saved the San Antonio Spurs from giving a game away to the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers.

Ginobili scored eight of his 17 points late to lead the Spurs to a 103-98 victory Saturday night, handing the 76ers their 11th straight loss.

Ginobili "has unbelievable will (to win)," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He does things you can't draw. He has extraordinary will to get it done."

Tony Parker scored 24 points, Tim Duncan had 21 and Michael Finley 14 for the Spurs.

Andre Iguodala tied his career-high with 27 points to lead the 76ers. Kevin Ollie had 19 points, Willie Green 18 and Alan Henderson and Kyle Korver added 13 apiece.

The 76ers were without Allen Iverson, sitting out his sixth straight game while the 76ers try to fulfill his demand for a trade, and Chris Webber (sprained right ankle).

Still, the Spurs squandered a 17-point third-quarter advantage and allowed Philadelphia to take a lead late in the fourth. However, Ginobili served up a 3-pointer, another basket and three free throws in the last 2:47 to put the Spurs over 100 and seal the win.

"In the final few minutes we stepped up, but we can't be satisfied with that," Ginobili said. "It isn't always going to end up like today."

Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said he's pleased with his team's "grit and scrappiness."

"It's just unfortunate that we haven't been able to finish the game. ... It's hard to continue. We've been doing it night in and night out," Cheeks said. "I give our guys a lot of credit for stepping up despite not having won a game.

"At some point it's going to turn. We're going to get a break here or a break there."

The 76ers have their longest losing streak since dropping 13 in a row from Dec. 28, 1996, to Jan. 20, 1997.

"It's already frustrating to be losing and then not to be a part of it, just adds to it," said Webber, who was at Saturday's game.

After the game Cheeks did not address a possible Iverson trade.

Leading 54-50 at halftime, San Antonio quickly took a double-digit lead in the third off seven quick points from Duncan and a fast-break reverse layup from Ginobili.

Parker then buried a 3-pointer with the shot clock almost gone then followed with an 18-footer.

The Spurs' biggest lead in the quarter, and game, was 17, and they took an 11-point cushion into the fourth.

However, the 76ers whittled the Spurs' lead down to one when Korver made a 3-pointer with 4:49 left. Samuel Dalembert's dunk put the 76ers ahead 95-93 before Parker tied it up again.

After that, Ginobili's shots put San Antonio on top.

The 76ers, who lost 93-79 to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, took a 26-23 lead into the second quarter.

Philadelphia remained close in the second with the help of 10 points from Green. The teams were tied five times during the quarter.

Iguodala said Saturday's matchup "showed we have fight in us."

"But we have to throw our counter-punch a little bit quicker," he said. "We need to respond a little quicker than we have, instead of getting down 17 and having to fight back."

Game notes

San Antonio announced it has assigned G-F James White to the Austin Toros in the NBA Development League. White was signed by San Antonio on Nov. 3 and hasn't seen any time with the Spurs. ... San Antonio C Jackie Butler was out with the flu Saturday. ... The 76ers have lost 10 straight road games. ... The Spurs are 14-1 when scoring 100 or more points.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 98 103
FGM-FGA 39-80 (.488) 38-79 (.481)
3PM-3PA 4-9 (.444) 8-18 (.444)
FTM-FTA 16-22 (.727) 19-24 (.792)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-40 13-41
Assists 18 24
Turnovers 14 14
Steals 9 6
Blocks 7 2
Fast Break Points 15 12
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 20 (2/0)
Largest Lead 9 17

Top Performers

San Antonio
Andre Iguodala Iguodala
Points: 27
Reb: 7
Ast: 5
Stl: 2
Blk: 1
Tony Parker Parker
Points: 24
Reb: 4
Ast: 8
Stl: 0
Blk: 0