Duncan scores 18, Spurs rout Jazz to move to 21-0 at home

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan scored a season-high 18 points and the San Antonio Spurs had eight other players in double figures, rolling to a 123-98 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night that kept them unbeaten at home.

San Antonio (31-6) matched its best start in franchise history by winning its 21st straight home game to open the season.

Kawhi Leonard had 15 points in 23 minutes. David West and Manu Ginobili added 14 points apiece, with West grabbing a season-high 13 rebounds.

The Spurs set a season best with 68 points in the first half, enabling San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich to sit Leonard and Danny Green to start the third quarter.

It was part of an easy night for San Antonio, which sat LaMarcus Aldridge to rest for the first time this season.

Trey Burke had 21 points for Utah and Gordon Hayward had 18 on 6-for-16 shooting.

Unlike the teams’ previous matchup on Dec. 14, when the Spurs never trailed in a 37-point victory, the Jazz led for 15 seconds after Trey Lyles made the game’s opening basket.

It was one of the few highlights for Utah (15-18), which dropped to 5-11 on the road.

Duncan was resurgent in his third game back after missing two games due to a sore right knee.

The 19-year veteran made his first two shots and twice tapped a missed shot over Hayward and Jeff Withey to secure a rebound that he immediately fired to Leonard under the basket for a layup.

Duncan was 8 for 13 from the field and sat out the fourth quarter after playing 26 minutes.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Utah players have missed a total of 69 games this season due to injuries or illness. … Utah is 3-3 since losing Alec Burks to a fractured left fibula. Burks was hurt on Dec. 26 in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Jazz are hopeful he will be back after the All-Star break in February after undergoing surgery in late December.

Spurs: Tony Parker missed the game with right hip soreness. … Green had two 3-pointers, giving him 662 with San Antonio to surpass Bruce Bowen (661) for second in franchise history. Ginobili is the Spurs’ career leader, raising his total to 1,311 with two 3-pointers against Utah. … Aldridge missed the Spurs’ victories on Nov. 21 and Nov. 23 with a mild sprain of his left ankle. … San Antonio extended its franchise-record home winning streak to 30 straight regular-season games dating to last season.