Duncan pulls down 18 boards against Hawks

The ageless Tim Duncan strikes again after posting his fifth double-double of the year with 10 points and 18 rebounds in 28 minutes and in doing so became only the fourth player in NBA history 39 or older to record 18 rebounds joining  Dikembe Mutumbo, Karl Malone and Robert Parish.

“He does it all,” Green said. “He doesn’t get old. He doesn’t get tired. He doesn’t get out of shape. I don’t think there’s anything that Tim can’t do.”

“He’s been doing it for so long, we take him for granted,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I just told those guys they played well, and I didn’t even know he got 18 [rebounds]. I’ll have to go back in there and tell him again how good he was.”

But Boris Diaw had other reasons for Duncan’s successes.

“He got lucky,” joked Boris Diaw. “I was boxing out for him most of the time. It’s good. Obviously, he didn’t play yesterday [a 91-80 win in Denver]. So he was rested. But great energy. That’s something he can do: go into a game and get 20 [points and] 20 [rebounds]. He still can do that any given night; probably not every night.”

The Spurs get back to it as they visit the Derrick Rose led Chicago Bulls tonight.  The Bulls have been in a bit of a struggle this season with Rose coming back from two serious back to back injuries has been having a hard time getting back into form.  They will be without Mike Dunleavy and Jimmy Butler may be hampered some with injuries but is expected to play.

All in all, the Spurs and Bulls are two of the top teams in the league and usually enjoy playing against each other.

“I do enjoy playing against one of the best teams, I think, in the history of the game,” Center Pau Gasol said after Sunday’s practice. “They’ve (Spurs) been incredible for the last 15, 16, 17 years now since they won that first championship. So really impressive what they’ve done. I think everybody is trying to follow up on what they’ve accomplished. And building that culture, longevity. So yeah, I still do get very much motivated against a team that’s always at the top of the league.”

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs to victory!

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Up-to-date details regarding Spurs’ season

Spurs fans anxious for payback against the Oklahoma City Thunder won’t have to wait long this season. The team that ousted the silver and black in the Western Conference finals last June is first up on the Spurs’ home-court schedule, slated for a nationally televised affair Nov. 1 at the ATT Center that will be the second game of the 2012-13 season.

For the first time since 2006, the Spurs will open the regular season on the road, this time in New Orleans on Halloween night.

The NBA champion Heat won’t play in the Alamo City until March 31.

Express-News NBA beat writer Mike Monroe offers some dates fans should circle on their calendars:


Oct. 31 — at Hornets: How good will No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis be? The Spurs will be the first team to find out.


Nov. 1 — vs. Thunder: TNT couldn’t wait for a nationally televised rematch of the Western Conference finals.


Nov. 29 — at Heat: LeBron James finally has a championship ring. Can he defend his first title?


Dec. 7 — vs. Rockets: Jeremy Lin is a Rocket now. The Spurs’ Interstate 10 rival hit the reset button again, with Lin as the new centerpiece.


Dec. 30 — at Mavericks: The I-35 rivals don’t look much like last season’s Mavs, not with Jason Kidd and Jason Terry gone. But Dirk Nowitzki is still around.


Jan. 9 — vs. Lakers: Los Angeles hasn’t landed Dwight Howard — yet — but it did add the ageless Steve Nash. How good will the Lakers be on the fast break now?


Feb. 6 — at Timberwolves: Next season’s rodeo road trip will encompass nine games in 18 days, beginning with this game against the T’wolves and concluding Feb. 24 against the Suns.


Feb. 27 — vs. Suns: The aroma of the rodeo will still be in the arena when Spurs fans get their first look at their heroes in more than three weeks.


March 6 — vs. Bulls: Recent reports indicate 2010-11 MVP Derrick Rose will be sidelined until March. Could this be one of his first games back from a torn ACL?


March 31 — vs. Heat: Love him or hate him, this will be your only chance to see James at ATT Center next season.


Oct. 6: vs. Montespachi Siena, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 10: vs. Hawks, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 12: vs. Nuggets, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 14: at Rockets, 1 p.m.

Oct. 20: at Heat, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 21: at Magic, 5 p.m.

Oct. 26: at Wizards, 7:30 p.m.

Korver, Watson provide lift to lead Friday’s S&Ds

With reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose struggling through a miserable game, the Chicago Bulls needed a lift.

Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson were ready from the bench.

Korver provided 17 points including five 3-pointers and Watson added 16 points and nine assists in the Bulls’ 96-86 overtime victory over the Heat.

Watson’ who hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation said the bench was ready to contribute when needed.

“Our team all supports each other, whether we play good or bad, nobody is mad about playing time,” Watson told ESPN Chicago. “It’s why we’re so successful.”

The victory boosted the Bulls’ lead for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference to four games over the second-place Heat.

“I’m not worried about my stats or anything,” Rose the Associated Press. “Can I make up excuses? Yeah. But you know me, I’m not going to use no excuse. My shots weren’t falling. Shots I normally hit, I wasn’t hitting. My teammates had my back. I’m happy I have them on my team.”

Their big efforts boosted the Bulls another step closer to the top seed in the playoffs, which earning both listing in Friday’s Studs and Duds.


Chicago G Kyle Korver: Came off the bench to score 17 points on 6-for-8 field goal shooting, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the Bulls’ overtime victory over Miami. Korver was plus-24.

Chicago G C.J. Watson: Provided 16 points off the bench, added nine assists, three steals and was a game-high plus-38 in the Bulls’ comeback victory over Miami.

San Antonio F Tim Duncan: Matched his season-high with 28 points (including 20 in the second half), grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots in the Spurs’ victory over Memphis.

Detroit C Greg Monroe: Went for  25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and was a game-high plus-31 in the Pistons’ triumph at Charlotte.

Los Angeles Clippers F Blake Griffin: Went for 19 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and was a game-high plus-23 in the Clippers’ victory at Minnesota.

Golden State G Klay Thompson: Produced 24 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals and was plus-1 in the Warriors’ loss to Dallas.


Chicago G Derrick Rose: Had a miserable return as he hit only 1 of 13 from the field with three turnovers and was minus-27 in the Bulls’ overtime victory over Miami.

Minnesota F Derrick Williams: Clanked through a 1-for-7 shooting effort with four turnovers and was a game-worst minus-17 in the Timberwolves’ loss to the Clippers.

Miami G Mike Miller: Went 1 for 9 from the field with three turnovers and was minus-9 in the Heat’s overtime loss to Chicago.

Los Angeles Clippers G Eric Bledsoe: Struggled through a 2-for-8 shooting night with three turnovers in the Clippers’ victory at Minnesota.

Minnesota  G Jose Barea: Went 4 of 9 from the field with seven turnovers and was minus-15 in the Timberwolves’ loss to the Clippers.