Duncan scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds, and Tony Parker
added a career-high 14 assists to lead the Spurs to their 11th
straight win, 111-90 over the Clippers on Tuesday night.
The victory avenged San Antonio's 91-83 loss to the Clippers in
Los Angeles on Dec. 1. That night Duncan was sitting out a one-game
suspension for pushing referee Jack Nies during a loss at Golden
State two nights earlier.
"Duncan just commands so much attention that others are bound
to get open looks," Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They
make their living that way."
Parker also contributed 19 points for the Spurs, who pulled away
from the Clippers late in the first quarter and built up a lead of
23 points in the third.
"Tony was great ... he was a threat," said Spurs coach Gregg
Popovich, who doesn't often gush about individual performances.
"He's the consummate point guard."
Los Angeles got within 96-82 with 5:18 remaining after San
Antonio's starters sat down. Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili (16
points) returned to the floor to quell any thoughts of a rally.
Last summer Popovich tried to lure Jason Kidd to San Antonio to
play the point in a plan that would have moved Parker to shooting
The third-year player from France got the message and has
focused on more on creating for his teammates this season -- he has
had 10 or more assists six times during the current winning streak,
which is the league's best this year.
"I'm feeling really good," said Parker, who missed the first
seven games of the season with a sprained left ankle. "My ankle is
100 percent now and it really makes a big difference when I can go
The Spurs set season highs with 32 assists and 55 percent
Los Angeles shot a respectable 45.3 percent, the best San
Antonio has allowed since the second game of the season when the
Los Angeles Lakers shot 52.5 percent.
But the Clippers committed 25 turnovers that the Spurs converted
into 36 points.
"That's a sign of horrible decision-making," Dunleavy said.
"We have to learn to truly value every possession and see the
consequences when we don't."
Los Angeles hit its first four shots and led 17-15 at 6:01 in
the first quarter, when Popovich called a timeout. He must have
reminded his players about the need for defense because the Spurs
allowed only five more points in the quarter -- a layup and three
free throws, all by Brand.
"Everything just happened so fast," said Quentin Richardson,
whose 10 points were well below his average of 17.2. "We started
out playing well."
San Antonio, leading 35-22 lead after one, built their advantage
to 64-43 at the half. The Spurs shot 28-for-45 (62.2 percent) in
the first two quarters.
Game Notes: The Spurs are now 10-9 against Western Conference teams. ...
During its winning streak, San Antonio is outscoring its opponents
by an average of 12.9 points. ... The Clippers activated veteran
center Olden Polynice from the injured list before the game. He was
scoreless in three minutes. ... Melvin Ely, who has the flu,
replaced Polynice on the injured list. ... Los Angeles is 8-50
all-time against the Spurs in San Antonio. ... Spurs reserve guard
Hedo Turkoglu left the game in the first quarter with a sprained