MEMPHIS (AFP) – Tim Duncan notched his first triple-double since 2010 on Friday as NBA champions San Antonio beat Memphis 107-101 to end the Grizzlies’ 22-game regular-season home winning streak.
Duncan scored 14 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and handed out 10 assists for the Spurs, who have now beaten the Grizzlies nine straight times including in post-season clashes.
Duncan, 38, now owns eight career triple-doubles – four in the regular season and four in the playoffs. He became the second-oldest player, behind 40-year-old Karl Malone in 2003, to post a triple-double.
His feat, and San Antonio’s 14 three-pointers, helped the Spurs overcome the third-quarter departure of Tony Parker with what the team called a mild hamstring strain.
The Spurs jumped out to a 13-2 lead and never trailed.
Manu Ginobili contributed 17 points and seven assists and Danny Green added 16 points for San Antonio, who have won nine of their last 10 games.
Spanish center Marc Gasol, who was a game-time decision with a right knee bruise, posted 28 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for Memphis.
Mike Conley added 23 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies, who have lost two straight after seeing their five-game winning streak snapped by Houston on Wednesday.