Tim Duncan scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 102-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, that kept the Spurs perfect at home.
Earlier in the game, Duncan passed another NBA statistical milestone. The Big Fundamental scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the first half and moved past Gary Payton for 26th place on the NBA’s scoring list on a 20-foot jumper with 1:07 left in the second quarter, helping the Spurs to take a 56-42 halftime lead.
Tony Parker added 17 points and nine assists for San Antonio, who have won three straight and improved to 9-0 at home.
However, the Spurs will have two upcoming games on the road where they 0-4 this season. DeJuan Blair had 14 points and rookie Kawhi Leonard chipped in 12 points and eight boards.
Marcin Gortat had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead Phoenix. Markieff Morris added 14 points, Jared Dudley had 12 points, and Shannon Brown had 10 as the Suns, beginning a five-game road trip, have lost four straight.
Suns’ Steve Nash and Grant Hill returned after missing Friday’s loss to New Jersey.
Nash was out with a right quadriceps contusion and Hill missed the game with a right quadriceps tendon strain. Nash finished with a double-double, 20 points and 10 assists, while Hill had only four points.
After the Suns closed the gap what had been a 19-point game in the first half to five in the fourth quarter, San Antonio scored six straight points, capped by Duncan’s 17-foot jumper to remain in control.
During the the second quarter, when San Antonio held the Suns to 6-of-23 shooting in building a 19-point lead.
Phoenix finished 38 of 91 from the field, while the Spurs hit 40 of 81 shots.
The Spurs will resume into action on Tuesday night when they visit the Miami Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena.