Parker’s 31 powers Spurs past fading Jazz

The AP reports: In an important win over Utah, Tim Duncan scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. It’s a mediocre outing by his standards but enough to help the Spurs get a big 105-99 victory over the fading Jazz on Friday night. Tony Parker scored 31 points, and the Spurs shook off their recent funk long enough to bury the Jazz further back in the playoff picture. Both teams are in, but Utah lost for the fifth time in six games to inch closer to facing the dominant Los Angeles Lakers in the first round… Deron Williams had 25 points and 10 assists for the Jazz, whose misery in San Antonio continues. The Jazz haven’t won here since 1999, a streak spanning 23 games… Mehmet Okur had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Utah.

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