Duncan sets scoring record as Spurs beat Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – 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 would not 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.
Oklahoma City Thunder 89, Boston Celtics 84
Milwaukee Bucks 79, Philadelphia 76rs 90
Houston Rockets 96, Toronto Raptors 106
MEM 86, Washington Wizards 89
Charlotte Hornets 87, Miami Heat 95
Los Angeles 112, Minnesota Timberwolves 95
Cleveland Cavaliers 101, New Orleans Hornets 108
San Antonio Spurs 94, Utah Jazz 82
Chicago Bulls 88, Dallas Mavericks 83
New Jersey Nets 81, Sacramento Kings 86
New York Knicks 125, Golden State Warriors 119 (AP)