Spurs three games back of Dallas for top spot


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Milwaukee Bucks coach George Karl thinks
David Robinson's last season in San Antonio could end with a

Tim Duncan scored 31 points in 36 minutes and Speedy Claxton had
12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Spurs over
Milwaukee 107-94 Tuesday night.

"Duncan had a great game and they didn't even go through him
all night," Karl said. "His greatness just comes out as he gets
in the flow of the game.

"I'd say they are my favorite right now. They are unreal when
they have it all going."

Robinson, who plans to retire after this season, was honored at
halftime and after the game for his 13 years with San Antonio. He
scored 10 points.

The Spurs are 31-7 since Jan. 1, and only three games behind the
Dallas Mavericks for the top spot in the Western Conference.

"We have so much work left to do," Robinson said. "We're in
the middle of a battle to catch Dallas. We have a long way to go.
I've been trying so hard not to think about (retiring)."

Duncan was 12-of-16 from the field and 7-for-7 from the
free-throw line.

Claxton came off the bench to replace starting point guard Tony
Parker, who left with a sprained right wrist at the end of the
first quarter. The third-year guard finished with career highs in
assists and rebounds.

"You have to mentally prepare yourself because you never know
when someone is going to go down or have a bad game. I wasn't going
for the triple-double," the 5-foot-11 point guard said. "When I
was one assist away and one rebound away, I started to think about

Parker is expected to play against the Houston Rockets.

Malik Rose added 18 points for the Spurs.

Sam Cassell led the Bucks with 19 points. Desmond Mason had 17,
Tim Thomas 15, Michael Redd 15 and Gary Payton 12.

The Spurs, who have already clinched a playoff spot, swept the
two-game season series from the Bucks for the first time since the
1997-98 season.

San Antonio led the entire way and took its largest lead of 21
points at the 4:24 mark in the fourth quarter, when Rose hit a
15-foot jumper.

The Spurs shot 50 percent from the field and made 22 of 26 free

"They're just playing good basketball right now, everybody on
the team from top to bottom. They are just playing ball right
now," Payton said.

Milwaukee tried to make a run but could only cut the deficit to
11 when Cassell hit a 3-pointer with 51 seconds to go.

Game notes
Parker was injured while driving for a layup and falling to
the floor. ... The Spurs are 23-1 when scoring at least 100 points.
... San Antonio evened the all-time series 29-29. ... Bucks forward
Anthony Mason returned after missing four games with a sore left
hip. ... Bucks center Joel Przybilla was charged with a flagrant
foul and ejected for a hard foul on Rose with 5:04 left.