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Duncan scores 20; Robinson another double double

11/12/2002

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Could it be that David Robinson is calling it
quits too soon?

San Antonio's 7-foot-1 center posted his fifth double-double of
the season Monday night, scoring 13 points and grabbing 19 rebounds
to help the Spurs over the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-75.

The double-double count has Robinson even with teammate Tim
Duncan after seven games. Duncan led the league in that category
last season with 67.

''I haven't seen David that active since the MVP days,'' praised
Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett.

Robinson, who announced during the summer that his 14th NBA
campaign would be his last, credited his offseason conditioning
program and how coach Gregg Popovich has been using him.

''Pop has been great with minutes and getting me rest when I
need it,'' Robinson said. ''I just want to keep rebounding and
spending quality minutes on the floor.''

Duncan led all scorers with 20 points and Steve Kerr connected
on five 3-pointers to finish with 17 off the bench. Tony Parker had
10 points and set a new personal best with 12 assists.

''Tony was fantastic finding other people,'' said Popovich. ''I
think it was his best game since becoming a Spur.''

''Pop told me I needed to get everyone involved tonight,''
Parker said. ''That's what I did, and guys hit their shots.''

The Spurs never trailed, sprinting out to a 23-point lead in the
second quarter. The Timberwolves made a few charges in the second
half, but San Antonio kept its edge in double digits.

Rasho Nesterovic paced Minnesota with 16 points, and Kevin
Garnett scored 14 points and collected 14 rebounds. Troy Hudson had
10 points for the Timberwolves, who shot only 36 percent from the
floor.

''We tried, but it seemed like every time we got momentum, they
hit a 3,'' said Minnesota guard Rod Strickland.

San Antonio went 9-for-27 on 3-pointers, while the Timberwolves
missed all five of their attempts behind the arc.

The Spurs made their first four shots, two of them by Parker,
and jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the game's opening minutes. But
Nesterovic hit a jumper and a hook and Garnett connected on a
jumper to pull the Timberwolves back to within 11-8.

Minnesota managed to make only two more field goals on 14
attempts in the quarter as San Antonio built up a 10-point
advantage.

The Timberwolves missed 12 of their first 14 shots in the
second, and the Spurs extended their lead to 47-27 late in the
second on a 3-pointer by Bruce Bowen.

Garnett, who was defended much of the night by Duncan, finished
the half with only five points on 1-for-9 shooting. For the night,
he was 5-for-17.

Game notes
Parker's assist total broke his previous record of 10, set
at Detroit last April. ... San Antonio's record against the
Timberwolves is now 42-17, and 24-6 in games played in the Alamo
City. ... San Antonio's bench outscored the Minnesota reserves,
38-27. ... The Timberwolves are 0-3 on the road this season. ...
Injured Minnesota star Wally Szczerbiak, who averaged nearly 19
points per game last year, did not see action Monday. He has played
in only one game this season. ... Portland's Bonzi Wells was
suspended Monday by the league for one game for spitting on the
Spurs' Danny Ferry late in the Trail Blazers' 95-76 victory last
Saturday.