PHOENIX (AP) -- Tim Duncan had 11 of his 31 points in the fourth
quarter, foiling Phoenix's attempts to rally, as the San Antonio
Spurs held on for a 105-93 victory over the Suns on Friday night.
Duncan also had a season-high 19 rebounds for his NBA-leading
17th double-double of the season.
Charles Smith scored 19 for the Spurs, who won their sixth
straight, Terry Porter scored 14 and David Robinson had 10 points
and nine rebounds in 15 minutes.
Rodney Rogers had 29 points -- his high since joining the Suns --
and 14 rebounds, Stephon Marbury scored 22 and Shawn Marion had 16
points and 14 rebounds. But the Suns couldn't find an answer for
Duncan and lost at home for the first time in six games.
Phoenix fell behind by 20 points in the second quarter but
managed to tie it at 80 on a layup by Rogers with 9:08 left in the
Duncan made two free throws, and Marion tied it at 82 on a short
jumper with 8:14 to go.
Duncan then started a 10-0 spurt with two free throws and ended
it with a tip-in, sending the Spurs to a 92-82 lead with 5:22 left.
The Spurs didn't get another field goal until Antonio Daniels'
3-pointer in the waning seconds, but stayed ahead on foul shots.
Penny Hardaway had a miserable night for Phoenix, going 3-for-16
from the floor and dribbling the ball off his foot during the
Spurs' surge that opened a 10-point gap.
Duncan had eight points in the first 4:40 of the game, shooting
San Antonio to an 11-3 lead before Bo Outlaw replaced Jake
Tsakalidis to guard Duncan.
He held Duncan scoreless for more than five minutes and had two
baskets during a 13-2 run that earned the Suns a 16-13 lead with
2:23 left in the first quarter.
But, starting with the last basket of the period, San Antonio
outscored the Suns 31-9 in seven minutes. Smith had 15 points
during the rally and assisted on a layup by Porter, who was fouled
and made the free throw for a 49-29 lead with 5:19 remaining in the
The Suns began their recovery on a three-point play by Marion
and got within 53-45 at halftime on Rogers' buzzer-beating
Robinson passed Walter Davis (19,521) for 28th place in
career scoring, finishing with 19,525. ... San Antonio leads the
NBA with 14 victories of 10 points or more. The Suns were second
with 10. ... The Suns are 8-3 at home since starting the season 0-2
in their own building. ... Duncan has scored 30 or more five times.
Kevin Love is now 4-for-4 after draining a 3-pointer from the corner.
J.R. Smith drains a 3-pointer from deep in the first quarter against the Raptors.
Bismack Biyombo drains a jumper early in the first quarter against the Cavs.