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New York at San Antonio

Duncan's 23 points help Spurs get by without Parker

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN ANTONIO -- Even without Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, the San Antonio Spurs were too much for the New York Knicks.

Tim Duncan had 23 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists to lead San Antonio to a 92-80 victory against the Knicks on Tuesday night in the Spurs' first game without Parker.

He will miss about a month due to a moderate left ankle sprain. The Spurs' other standout guard, Ginobili, has not played this season and isn't scheduled to be back from left ankle surgery until December.

"They're a tough team regardless," said Knicks guard Jamal Crawford, who led New York with 28 points.

"When they have Tim Duncan on the other side it's going to be tough, no matter who's out. He has a way of making everybody around him better."

San Antonio held New York to 38 percent shooting and outrebounded the Knicks 60-48.

"Sometimes you're going to shoot well and sometimes you're not, but there's never a reason to play poor defense, and that's what was nice to see tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Rookie George Hill started in place of Parker and scored a season-high 12 points.

"We wanted to test him," Crawford said. "But all he has to do is get the ball up the court and throw it in to Tim Duncan."

The Spurs (2-4) held a 67-64 lead entering the fourth quarter before they opened the period with 11 consecutive points as the Knicks missed their first four shots and did not score for the first five minutes. Zach Randolph's basket closed the deficit to 78-66, but New York could get no closer than nine the rest of the way.

Crawford's 28 came on 10-of-21 shooting, including 6-for-8 from 3-point territory. New York (4-3) had won three straight.

The odd start to the season continued for the Spurs. Not only were they without Parker and Ginobili, they opened the game with iron-man Bruce Bowen on the bench. It was the first time in 550 games that he played for the Spurs in which he was on the active roster and didn't start.

"They played hard, and they were desperate," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "They're a good team and give them credit, but we didn't play well. We need to shoot the ball better, move the ball a little better against a team like that."

Bowen checked into the game with 2:22 left in the first quarter. He was replaced in the starting lineup at small forward by Ime Udoka, who got off to an 0-for-8 start from the floor.

Bowen finished with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. He ended the third quarter with a 3-pointer that broke a tie game and hit both of his shots while playing the entire fourth quarter.

"Coach (Popovich) says this is the way it is and that's that," Bowen said of not starting. "Coaches have a reason for doing those things. It's important for you to have trust in those things that they're trying to get accomplished.

"I'm happy. I enjoy playing the game. If Pop would let me, I would play 48 minutes."

The Knicks took their largest lead of the game when Crawford hit a 3-pointer to make it 46-40 only 55 seconds into the second half.

But the Spurs outscored New York 10-2 during the next 3:20 to go ahead 50-48. Hill hit a 3-pointer and made two free throws after that to give San Antonio a 52-48 advantage.

When Duncan made a turnaround bank shot from 11 feet, San Antonio was ahead 56-49 with 5:48 left in the third quarter.

Crawford made three of his next four shots -- including a pair of 3-pointers -- to tie the game with less than a minute to go in the third.

Bowen made a 3-pointer from the corner with less than a second, and the Spurs were ahead 67-64 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Knicks have a seven-game losing streak against the Spurs. New York is 1-10 overall against San Antonio since its last road victory in the series on March 18, 2003.

Notes

  • The Knicks are 0-3 when they score less than 100 points.
  • New York was trying to win four straight for the first time since Jan. 8-13, 2006.
  • Popovich has been remembered as a coach who had his tense moments when Parker was starting his career with the Spurs, but Popovich said he would be more patient with Hill because he played shooting guard in college. "He's learning the (point guard) position at the same time he's running the team," the coach said. "More patience is definitely in order."
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The Spurs' Tim Duncan scores 23 points and gives the Knicks trouble on the defensive end.  (AP)
The Spurs' Tim Duncan scores 23 points and gives the Knicks trouble on the defensive end. (AP)

Scoreboard
New York (4-3) 2021231680
San Antonio (2-4) «2018292592
NY:J. Crawford 28 Pts
NY:Z. Randolph 13 Reb
NY:C. Duhon 7 Ast
SA:T. Duncan 23 Pts
SA:T. Duncan 9 Reb
SA:T. Duncan 7 Ast
Players of the Game
San AntonioNew York

T. Duncan

J. Crawford
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
23972814
New York
J. Crawford, SG3910-212-214128
C. Duhon, PG391-63-41756
Z. Randolph, PF347-181-3131315
Q. Richardson, SF231-30-05033
W. Chandler, SF213-71-21117
N. Robinson, PG352-110-07245
D. Lee, PF316-93-492315
A. Roberson, SF70-20-00000
M. Rose, PF60-00-02000
M. Collins, PG60-21-21001
S. Marbury, PGDid Not Play
J. James, PFDid Not Play
E. Curry, CDid Not Play
J. Jeffries, PFDid Not Play
D. Gallinari, SFDid Not Play
Totals 30-7911-1740172080
 38.0%64.7% 
San Antonio
R. Mason, SG382-106-774110
T. Duncan, PF3611-171-397323
G. Hill, PG314-103-451312
F. Oberto, C253-50-39356
I. Udoka, SF202-100-06105
B. Bowen, SF285-60-140113
M. Finley, SG206-90-060014
A. Tolliver, C202-80-04105
J. Vaughn, PG120-50-02120
K. Thomas, PF91-12-20014
M. Ginobili, SGDid Not Play
T. Parker, PGDid Not Play
M. Bonner, PFDid Not Play
D. Farmer, SGDid Not Play
I. Mahinmi, CDid Not Play
Totals 36-8112-2052181692
 44.4%60.0% 
Other Games
Mil 93 Final
Cle 99
Utah 93 Final
Phi 80
Den 88 Final
Char 80
Atl 113 Final
Chi 108
LAL 106 Final
Dal 99
Det 100 Final
Sac 92
Min 110 Final
GS 113