Jan 13, 2014 11:41 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tony Parker capped a 27-point outing with several clutch layups in the final minutes, and the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth straight game, 101-95 over the reeling New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.
Tim Duncan scored 18 points before fouling out with 6:02 to go in what turned out to be a surprisingly tense contest between the Western Conference-leading Spurs and a hobbled Pelicans squad that has now lost six straight since an injury to leading scorer Ryan Anderson.
Manu Ginobili added 14 points, Kawhi Leonard 13 and Marco Belinelli 12 for San Antonio.
Anthony Davis had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Brian Roberts, starting at point guard for the injured Jrue Holiday, scored a season-high 19 points. Eric Gordon added 12 points and Al-Farouq Aminu pulled down 13 rebounds.
New Orleans led from late in the first quarter until late in the third, when Parker's 17-foot jumper gave the Spurs a 74-73 lead. The shot was part of an 11-0 run, capped by Matt Bonner's 3, that put San Antonio ahead 79-73 early in the fourth quarter.
New Orleans, however, declined to fold, and kept it close into the final minute.
Davis' running hook as he was fouled by Duncan gave New Orleans one more brief lead at 87-86 with 7:08 to play. San Antonio regained the lead on Parker's layup, but then Duncan fouled out with 6:02 left when he hacked Gordon.
Gordon missed the second of two free throws to tie it, however, the Pelicans were further hurt by three turnovers down the stretch, two by Davis and one by Aminu.
San Antonio led 94-90 on Belinelli's 3, but Roberts came right back with a 3 for New Orleans. Leonard responded with a 3 of his own, but Roberts' runner off the glass pulled New Orleans to 97-95 with 1:46 still left. Gordon's steal set up a potential tying possession, but Davis' short jumper rimmed out, and Parker converted a difficult reverse scoop with 44 seconds left to make it 99-95.
The Pelicans set up Roberts for a quick 3, but it rimmed out and New Orleans did not threaten again.
The Pelicans managed to open up a double digit lead in the second quarter when Anthony Morrow's floater made it 41-30.
The Spurs quickly closed the gap later in the period with an 8-0 run capped by consecutive layups by Duncan and Parker.
The Pelicans maintained the lead for the rest of the half, but Belinelli, who played for New Orleans when the club was called the Hornets, hit a 20-foot fadeaway to pull San Antonio to 51-50 at halftime.
Notes: San Antonio improved to 24-0 when leading after three quarters. ... Gordon failed to reach 20 points for the first time in four games. ... Austin Rivers scored 11 for New Orleans, his sixth time in double digits this season. ... Spurs outscored the Pelicans 50-40 in the paint and 19-10 on fast breaks. ... Davis now has 12 games this season in which he has scored at least 20 points and grabbed at least 10 rebounds.
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