Monday, October 25, 2004

Duncan, Spurs Stymie Sonics


SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 23 (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan scored 21 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 91-82 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in preseason action.

After the Spurs gained a 51-40 lead at halftime, Duncan single-handedly broke open the game. He scored the first seven points of the third quarter and his team's first nine to help San Antonio build a 60-42 advantage.

A two-time Most Valuable Player, Duncan shot 8-of-10 from the floor and was the only Spurs player to score in double figures. Devin Brown chipped in eight points and five rebounds off the bench.

San Antonio shot better than 52 percent from the floor in earning its first preseason win.

Damien Wilkins came off the bench to lead Seattle with 17 points. Wilkins, a rookie out of North Carolina State, was 8-of-12 from the floor and hit his first 3-pointer since joining the team.

Ray Allen scored 13 of his 14 points in the first half for the Sonics, who have dropped four in a row after opening their exhibition schedule with a win.