Spurs roll over Clippers to win 3rd straight
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, right, of Argentina, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Zach Randolph during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, March 27, 2009, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Gloria Ferniz)
Los Angeles Clippers guard Mike Taylor keeps up with San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Paker of France Friday March 27, 2009, during the first half of NBA basketball at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Clippers center Marcus Camby is in the rear, Spurs won 111-98. (AP Photo/Gloria Ferniz)
Tony Parker scored 18 points
and the San Antonio Spurs celebrated having their big three together for the first time in six weeks by drubbing the weary Los Angeles Clippers 111-98 on Friday night.
Manu Ginobili had 14 points and Tim Duncan had 13
before San Antonio's championship nucleus kicked back for most of the fourth quarter. Ginobili returned from a lengthy ankle injury on Wednesday, but Duncan had sat out to rest his knees.
The Spurs won their third straight and begin their final 10 games fully healthy in trying to keep their slim lead for the No. 2 seed in the West.
Mike Taylor, starting in place of an ill Baron Davis, scored 23 points for the Clippers.
Davis sat out with a stomach flu, and the Clippers then lost Marcy Camby less than three minutes into the game with a sprained left ankle. He didn't return, but the team said X-rays were negative.
The Clippers couldn't do much without their two starters. They trailed by 20 in the first quarter, 24 in the second and 27 in the third when the Spurs parked Duncan on the bench for good.
They'll probably need him more Sunday at New Orleans. The Hornets are also fighting in the logjammed Western Conference for home-court advantage, but fell 3 1/2 games behind San Antonio on Friday with a loss at New York.
Duncan, Ginobili and Parker hadn't played in a game together since Feb. 11, just before the All-Star break. That's when Ginobili suffered a right ankle injury that kept him out 19 games before returning in Wednesday's win at Atlanta.
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