Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/18

Game 1: Thursday, November 18th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 1st

76ers 72

(6-8, 1-5 away)

Spurs 105

(13-3, 7-0 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:30 PM ET, December 1, 2004

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 25 11 16 2072
    SA 25 30 20 30105

    Top Performers

    Phi: M. Jackson 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl

    SA: T. Duncan 24 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 6 Blk

    Duncan records 415th double-double

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan needed just a half to take control for the San Antonio Spurs.

    Duncan scored 24 points, including 17 straight in the second quarter, leading the Spurs to a 105-72 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

    The victory was the 20th in a row for the Spurs at the SBC Center and tied the franchise's best start after 16 games at 13-3.

    Marc Jackson led Philadelphia with 18 points, and Allen Iverson added 14 as the 76ers endured their largest defeat of the season.

    "We got beat," Iverson said. "No, we got our butt kicked by a good team tonight. It's as simple as that.

    "It was a collective effort. Myself, I can beat anybody one-on-one, but it's those other guys that make the difference and allow that to happen. These guys, the Spurs, have won two championships in five years and tonight they showed why."

    Duncan, who only played eight minutes in the second half, was a big reason.

    He also had 12 rebounds and six blocks in 25 minutes in picking up the 415th double-double of his career, but it was actually the Spurs' bench that helped spark the victory.

    Guard Devin Brown scored a career-high 24 points and Beno Udrih added 10 points and four assists.

    "Tim did a good job of setting the tone for us," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, "but everybody chimed in. We got great play off the bench from Devin and Beno. We combined good passing with good defense."

    With Duncan on the bench for the final three minutes of the first quarter, Udrih and Brown rallied the team from a 21-14 deficit. They combined to score all but four of the team's next 17 points, including consecutive 3-pointers by Brown, to give San Antonio a 34-29 lead early in the second quarter.

    Brown, in his second NBA season, made four of seven 3-point attempts.

    "I didn't think he could hurt us that bad from that distance, outside of 15 feet," Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien said. "If you look back at old games, there was nothing there to show you that he could hurt you that bad from that far outside."

    Brown credited his teammates for his career night. The Spurs had 28 assists Wednesday, compared to 10 for the 76ers.

    "We did a good job of moving the ball on offense," Brown said. "That's something Pop's been talking about."

    With Brown helping the Spurs recapture the lead early in the second quarter, Duncan returned and scored the next 10 points to cap a 30-10 run and extend the team's lead to 44-31.

    Duncan would score the Spurs' next seven points with the final three of the run coming when he came in for what looked like a one-handed dunk. 76ers forward Josh Davis prevented the dunk with a hard foul, but Duncan was able to hang in the air and drop in a soft jumper.

    The second half was a series of highlights for the Spurs.

    San Antonio scored the first seven points of the half, capped by Manu Ginobili's left-handed dunk over Andre Iguodala. Ginobili later tipped a no-look pass off an offensive rebound to Tony Parker for a layup.

    Game notes

    The Spurs reserves have outscored their previous two opponents 101-51, including 54-25 against the 76ers. ... The Spurs are 4-1 in the second night of back-to-back games and 8-2 overall in those games. ... Philadelphia forward Corliss Williamson left with 9:02 remaining in the second quarter with a sprained ligament in his left knee. ... Iverson has at least one steal in 33 straight games dating to last season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 72 105
    FGM-FGA 28-80 (.350) 38-72 (.528)
    3PM-3PA 3-8 (.375) 7-23 (.304)
    FTM-FTA 13-15 (.867) 22-29 (.759)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-37 6-44
    Assists 10 28
    Turnovers 18 19
    Steals 8 11
    Blocks 2 7
    Fast Break Points 9 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (2/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 35

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Marc Jackson Jackson
    Points: 18
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 24
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 6