Duncan sets Spurs' scoring mark in win over Jazz
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[November 20, 2010]
SALT LAKE CITY (AP)
Tim Duncan set San Antonio's career scoring record, Tony Parker blocked out jeers from the crowd for 24 points, and the Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 94-82 on Friday night for their ninth straight victory.
Duncan needed 13 points to eclipse the mark set by David Robinson over 14 seasons (20,790), and finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds for yet another double-double.
The Spurs improved to 10-1 for the first time.
Utah, plagued by another slow start, rallied from a 15-point deficit to tie the game late in the third quarter. But unlike road wins against Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and Charlotte, the Jazz (8-5) couldn't pull off another comeback.
The difference down the stretch was Duncan and Parker.
Parker, in his first road game since his actress wife Eva Longoria filed divorce papers to end their three-year Hollywood marriage, heard a smattering of boos whenever he scored, cheers when he missed and occasional shouts of "Eva!" as he brought the ball up the court. But as he has vowed, he wouldn't be distracted.
Neither was Duncan, in his 13th season and playing the way he has for so many years. He now has 20,797 points.
The Jazz, who were without coach Jerry Sloan as he attended to a death in the family, were within four points midway through the fourth quarter but would get no closer.
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Parker scored four straight points and passed to Duncan for two more as San Antonio built its lead back to 10 with four minutes remaining.
Deron Williams led Utah with 23 points. Paul Millsap added 12, and Andrei Kirilenko and Al Jefferson had 10 apiece.
The Spurs again had all five starters score in double figures. Manu Ginobili added 15 points despite hitting just 1-of-7 3-pointers. DeJuan Blair had 15 and Richard Jefferson 11 points.
[Associated Press; By LYNN DeBRUIN]
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