|Tim Duncan passed David Robinson as the Spurs all-time leading scorer. (Colin E. Braley/Associated Press)|
Tim Duncan set San Antonio’s career NBA scoring record, Tony Parker blocked out jeers from the crowd for 24 points, and the Spurs beat the Utah Jazz, 94-82, last night in Salt Lake City for their ninth straight victory.
Duncan needed 13 points to eclipse the mark set by David Robinson over 14 seasons (20,790), and finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds for yet another double-double.
The Spurs improved to 10-1 for the first time.
Utah, plagued by another slow start, rallied from a 15-point deficit to tie the game late in the third quarter. But unlike road wins against Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and Charlotte, the Jazz (8-5) couldn’t pull off another comeback.
The difference down the stretch was Duncan and Parker.
Parker, in his first road game since his actress wife Eva Longoria filed divorce papers to end their three-year Hollywood marriage, heard a smattering of boos whenever he scored, cheers when he missed and occasional shouts of “Eva!’’ as he brought the ball up the court. But as he has vowed, he wouldn’t be distracted.
Neither was Duncan, in his 13th season and playing the way he has for so many years. He now has 20,797 points.
Heat 95, Bobcats 87 — LeBron James scored 32 points, Chris Bosh added 22 points and 14 rebounds, and host Miami wasted another huge lead before hanging on to beat Charlotte.
Fighting off the flu, Dwyane Wade scored 11 points for the Heat, who led by as many as 21 in the second quarter but found themselves down, 82-80, after Stephen Jackson’s 3-pointer with 4:56 remaining.
Wade’s availability wasn’t even certain until about 45 minutes before the game. He missed the morning shootaround while seeing a doctor because of flu-like symptoms, then hit his first four shots.
He then missed all nine he took the rest of the way, which perfectly summed up the night for the Heat: fast start, harrowing finish.
Bulls 88, Mavericks 83 — Derrick Rose scored 22 points, Taj Gibson added 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds before fouling out with under a minute to play, and Chicago rallied from a 12-point, third-quarter deficit to knock off host Dallas.
Hornets 108, Cavaliers 101 — David West scored a season-high 34 points, and host New Orleans held Cleveland to 35 percent shooting and survived a late flurry to win.
Raptors 106, Rockets 96 — Andrea Bargnani scored 26 points, Linas Kleiza had 17, and host Toronto topped Houston to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
Wizards 89, Grizzlies 86 — Gilbert Arenas scored 24 points, Kirk Hinrich had 22, and host Washington defeated Memphis despite shooting just 38 percent.
76ers 90, Bucks 79 — Thaddeus Young scored a season-high 23 points, Lou Williams added 19, and Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak in beating Milwaukee at home.
Knicks 125, Warriors 119 — Raymond Felton scored a career-high 35 points on 13-of-17 shooting and dished out 11 assists, and New York held off Golden State’s late rally to snap an eight-game losing streak in Oakland, Calif.
Kings 86, Nets 81 — Tyreke Evans scored 20 points and host Sacramento got by New Jersey to snap a six-game losing streak.