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
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.
"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
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
"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
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.
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.