Streaking Spurs crush ailing Nuggets

The red-hot San Antonio Spurs raced to a big early lead and coasted to an easy 114-99 road win over the injury-riddled Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Thursday.

The Southwest division-leading Spurs (24-10) won eight of nine consecutive road games to wrap up their longest road trip and have won 12 of their past 13 games.

San Antonio shot brilliantly during a 19-1 run in the first quarter to open up a 26-7 lead.

Six Spurs players, including all five starters, scored in double digits led by DeJuan Blair's 28 points and 12 rebounds. Tim Duncan added 18 points and Tony Parker scored 16 and had 12 assists.

Corey Brewer had 23 points for Denver, who were missing their top two scorers, Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson, due to ankle sprains.

San Antonio led by as many as 28 points in the second quarter and held a 65-39 advantage at halftime. Denver pulled within 12 points in the fourth quarter.

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by Peter Rutherford)