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Ginobili scores 16 as Spurs roll to 11th straight win
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New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis scores against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
November 25, 2013, 11:15 pm

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Manu Ginobili had 16 points to lead seven players in double figures and the San Antonio Spurs beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-93 on Monday night for their 11th straight victory.

Tony Parker had 14 points and seven assists, Tiago Splitter added 11 points and Tim Duncan had 10 points for San Antonio (13-1). Reserves Marco Belinelli had 14 points, Boris Diaw added 13 points and Patty Mills 12 to keep the Spurs undefeated at home.

Ryan Anderson had 17 points, Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday each added 12 points and Anthony Davis had 10 for New Orleans (6-7). The Pelicans, who have lost six straight in San Antonio, had a three-game winning streak snapped.

San Antonio matched its best start after 14 games and was again able to give their starters significant rest after rolling past Cleveland 126-96 on Saturday.

The Spurs' starters played an average of 20 minutes on Monday, with Splitter playing 14 minutes after injuring his ankle in the first half.

San Antonio, which led by as many as 32 points, never trailed after Al-Farouq Aminu's layup put New Orleans up 4-2 with 10:54 left in the first quarter.

The Spurs had 30 assists on their 44 field goals, continually having at least two passes on each possession compared to isolation plays and one-pass-and-shoot attempts by the Pelicans. New Orleans finished with 21 assists, which was almost matched by San Antonio's reserves (16), and also had 15 turnovers.

Ginobili had another instant impact, making consecutive 3-pointers and then drawing a charge on Eric Gordon in his first 2 minutes as the Spurs took a 21-10 lead with 4 minutes left in the first quarter.

Ginobili had 11 points in his first 11 minutes, going 3 for 4 on 3-pointers, and finished with six assists and five rebounds.

Kawhi Leonard stole a pass and had a breakaway dunk to give San Antonio a 61-40 lead with 9:45 left in the third quarter.

Evans shook his head and looked down almost in surrender after Mills drained a 3 that put San Antonio ahead 81-56 with 3 minutes left in the third.

NOTES: Splitter retreated to the locker room with 5 minutes left in the first half after stepping on Davis' right foot with his left foot while attempting to guard an inlet pass. Splitter dropped the floor after his ankle turned awkwardly, allowing Davis an uncontested layup. He returned for the second half, but did not play. Splitter appeared to be walking normally upon his return, but San Antonio led 57-40 entering the second half. . New Orleans coach Monty Williams complained that Parker was traveling "every time" he pump faked, which drew a sarcastic query of "every time" from official Ron Garretson. . Parker spread his arms and then fell to the floor in disbelief after official Olandis Poole called a foul against him on a block of Aminu's layup on a fast break. Replays showed it was a clean block, which made Parker and Popovich even angrier. . Pelicans F Darius Miller (left foot) and C Gret Stiemsma (left knee sprain) did not play due to injuries.

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