Spurs handle Suns for 9th win in a row

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Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash, center, reacts to a call during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) By Eric Gay Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash, center, reacts to a call during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) By Eric Gay

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs won their ninth in a row, 118-110 over the Phoenix Suns.

Gary Neal scored 22 off the bench for the Spurs, who improved the NBA's best record to 24-3 and are one victory from their second double-digit winning streak already this season.

Jared Dudley had 27 points for the Suns, who were still waiting to unite with trade acquisitions Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus. They're expected to be ready for Phoenix's next game Thursday against Miami.

Phoenix played a night after upsetting Oklahoma City.

But using only eight players, the Suns saw their halftime lead rapidly dissolve into a near-blowout.
  
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