Leonard, Spurs end long trip with 101-74 rout of Suns

22p - 10r - 3s - 2b for #TheKlaw tonight

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By BOB BAUM

PHOENIX (AP) Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs dominated from the opening tip in a 101-74 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

The Spurs, playing the finale of their annual nine-game "rodeo road trip," were up 51-24 at the break, the fewest points in a half for the Suns in franchise history. San Antonio led by as many as 34 in the second half.

Marcus Morris scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, when Phoenix scored 33 to avoid breaking the team record for fewest points in a game - 68 against Kansas City 34 years ago.

Danny Green, Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes scored 12 apiece for the Spurs.

The 27-point margin matched the Suns' most one-sided loss of the season.

San Antonio fell two points shy of its largest victory of the season.

Phoenix shot 18.6 percent (8 for 43) in setting a club record for fewest points in a half. Phoenix's eight first-half field goals tied a franchise low. To make matters worse, the Suns lost newly acquired guard Brandon Knight in the first half with a hip pointer.

The Spurs, coming off a win at Sacramento on Thursday night, jumped out to a 16-7 lead and never trailed. They were up 24-13 at the end of the first quarter.

The Suns beat Oklahoma City in overtime in an intense matchup Wednesday. This one was just the opposite.

Phoenix went 7:51 without a field goal. Meanwhile, San Antonio scored 12 in a row to lead 33-13 before Morris' breakaway dunk ended the Suns' drought with 7:28 left in the half.

The closest Phoenix got after that was 16 points in the second quarter. The Spurs led 75-41 entering the fourth, Phoenix's largest deficit of the season.

The Suns fell 1 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City for eighth place in the Western Conference. The reigning champion Spurs are at No. 7, two games behind Dallas.

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TIP-INS

Spurs: San Antonio went 4-5 on its road trip. ... The 25 points were the fewest for a Spurs opponent in a half this season. The previous mark was 27 against Utah on Jan. 18. ... San Antonio improved to 16-16 on the road. The Spurs haven't finished below .500 on the road since 1996-97.

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Spurs: Home against Sacramento on Wednesday.

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