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Duncan and Parker lead San Antonio to victory over Orlando

AP , ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Tim Duncan had 26 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, Tony Parker added 20 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Orlando Magic 110-85 in the NBA on Monday.

Duncan, a nine-year veteran, and Rasho Nesterovic frustrated Orlando's second-year player Dwight Howard, who had a double-double by halftime but shot just 4-of-18 from the field.

He finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

"I'm very old," Duncan said, smiling.

"I was looking at it before the game and I'm something like nine-and-a-half years older than [Howard.] That's crazy. He doesn't look like a 19-year-old. He's got so much promise. I'm just glad I'll be out of the league when he's peaking," he said.

Jameer Nelson scored 20 points and DeShawn Stevenson had 15 points and seven rebounds for Orlando.

It was the fourth straight win for the Spurs and fourth consecutive loss for the Magic.

Robert Horry scored 18 points, leading a bench that is a strength of the reigning champions. The Spurs' reserves outscored the Magic's 45-21.

"[Horry's] been coming in and scoring and he really knows how to play basketball," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

"The basketball IQ for the team really goes up when he's on the court," he said.

Mavericks 102, Bulls 94

At Chicago, Dirk Nowitzki tied his season high with 35 points as Dallas held off Chicago.

Devin Harris finished with 13 points, a career-high 10 assists and tied a career best with five steals. Marquis Daniels added 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Adrian Griffin -- starting his second game at small forward for the injured Josh Howard -- delivered season highs with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Dallas' Jason Terry sat out the second half with a sore right hamstring, while the Bulls lost Kirk Hinrich to a concussion about 3 minutes into the game, when he took an elbow to the face from a driving Nowitzki.

Timberwolves 91, Jazz 77

At Salt Lake City, Eddie Griffin had 14 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks, and Wally Szczerbiak scored 26 points to lead Minnesota past Utah.

Kevin Garnett added 21 points and four assists as Minnesota won for the eighth time in 10 games, sweeping back-to-back games in Sacramento and Utah to improve to 10-6. The Wolves are 3-0 on a four-game road trip that wraps up today in Portland.

Minnesota closed the game with a 12-3 run, when Szczerbiak made two of his three 3-pointers to end any hopes of a Jazz comeback.

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