Spurs overcome slow start with scorching second half to sink lowly Suns, stretch win run to three
LaMarcus Aldridge stepped up for Kawhi Leonard's absence with a team-high 27 points. AP

THE San Antonio Spurs started out cold but rode a strong second half surge to turn a six-point halftime deficit to a 119-98 blowout win over the Phoenix Suns at the AT&T Center on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

Spurs leading scorer Kawhi Leonard missed his first game of the season with a stomach virus, and his absence was felt early on as San Antonio fell down by as much as 10 points to the lowly Suns.

But the Spurs turned things around in the second half, pulling away late in the fourth quarter with an 18-4 run and outscoring the Suns, 61-34, after halftime.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for San Antonio to nab its third straight win and move to 26-6 with 27 points. Tony Parker added 20, while Pau Gasol had a double-double with 16 markers and 10 rebounds. David Lee and Manu Ginobili chipped in 12 points apiece off the bench.

TJ Warren finished with 23 points to lead the Suns, losers of two in a row and fell to 9-23. Brandon Knight added 14, while Eric Bledsoe and Marquese Chriss each scored 13. Devin Booker got shackled for 2-of-13 shooting to end up with only eight markers. 

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