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Duncan compiles triple-double in three quarters

3/15/2003

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan's first triple-double of the season was in the books before the third quarter was over.

Duncan's triple-double of 24 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists
led the San Antonio Spurs to a 107-96 victory Friday night over the
Los Angeles Clippers.

"It was fun tonight. I really was able to get into a rhythm and was very active out there,'' Duncan said.

The triple-double was the third of his career and his first since the first round of the 2002 playoffs against Seattle.

"We came out and played well as a group. I was really pleased with the effort of Speedy Claxton and, really, everyone tonight,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Bruce Bowen scored 14, Claxton added 13 and Kevin Willis and Stephen Jackson had 12 each as the Spurs won their fifth in a row and 18th of their last 21.

Lamar Odom led all scorers with a season-high 26 points,
including 14 in the first quarter, and Corey Maggette added 14 for
the Clippers.

"We played a quarter and a half. We didn't play well at all. We played selfishly. That's why they had the lead that they did,'' said Clippers coach Dennis Johnson, now 1-6 since succeeding Alvin Gentry.

"They executed and they get such solid play from their role players. They know how to play around a guy like Tim,'' said Lamar Odom.

With the win, the Spurs remained 2½ games behind Midwest Division leader Dallas, which won a late game at Golden State.

Duncan had two rebounds midway through the second quarter to set
up fast-break baskets by Tony Parker, and Parker hit two 3-pointers
as part of a 20-9 run to put the Spurs ahead 59-44 at the half.

Game notes
San Antonio won the season series 3-1. ... San Antonio's
David Robinson missed his fourth straight game since injuring his
back against New Jersey on March 6. ... The Clippers were without
Elton Brand (leg stress fracture) and Michael Olowokandi (knee
sprain). ... The Spurs play seven of their next eight games at
home, while the Clippers will play five of their next six at home.
... Friday's loss was the end of a six-game road trip in which the
Clippers finished 1-5. They've dropped 11 of their last 12.