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Spurs’ Rout Jazz 123-98 Behind Tim Duncan’s Season-High 18 Points

Jan 6, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) shoots the ball over Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey (24) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) shoots the ball over Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey (24) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs moved to 21-0 at the AT&T Center after playing some music of their own as they rout the Utah Jazz 123-98.

Winning is stating to come easy for the Spurs (31-6). This has been their best start of the season in franchise history. With Gregg Popovich being able to rest his starters and provide key minutes from role players, this team continues to win and shows how deep they really are.

Tim Duncan scored a season-high 18 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out six assists as well. The Spurs also saw eight other players reach in double-figures as they shot 61 percent from the floor.

Without LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker in the lineup, David West got the nod for Aldridge and Patty Mills made his second straight start for Parker.

West went 7-of-8 from the field on his way to 14 points as well as grabbing 13 rebounds. He stated after the game that this team is still going through process and trying to get better every game.

Jan 6, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey (24) shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

“We’re going through the process of trying to get better every game,” said Spurs forward David West. “Continue to protect our home court and continue to focus on our defense. Regardless of who plays, we’re trying to make sure that we attempt to make it perfect. Even though perfection is not a possibility, we’re still looking to achieve it.”

The Spurs as they have been all year long got a much needed boost from their second unit. Bench points advantage were towards the Spurs. Five players reached double-figures as their output offensive wise was the best so far this season for San Antonio, contributing 70 points.

Jonathon Simmons, Boban Marjanovic and Kyle Anderson poured in 13 points each. Manu Ginobili added 14 points and five assists. Ray McCallum also played 24 minutes and contributed 10 points and three assists.

The Jazz (15-18) were without key players, Dante Exum, Rudy Gobert, Alec Burks and Derrick Favors. Trey Burke (21 points) and Gordon Hayward (18 points) led the way for Utah.

Takeaways

— Parker missed his second straight game with right hip soreness.— Danny Green had two 3-pointers, giving him 662 with San Antonio to surpass Bruce Bown (661) for second in franchise history.— San Antonio extended their franchise-record home winning streak to 30 straight regular season games dating to last season.— San Antonio is only three games behind Golden State in the Western Conference despite the Warriors 33-2 start.

Star Performer

Tim Duncan. He sat out the final quarter only playing 26 minutes. Still, the ‘Big Fundamental’ had his way against the Jazz bigs whom were missing some of their own. Duncan poured in 18 points and eight rebounds and six assists on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor.

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