Not that Diaw's scoring touch wasn't needed. While Duncan labored through a rough first half — scoring 7 points on 3 of 8 shooting, including Derrick Favors eliciting more than few "oohs" for swatting one of Duncan's would-be dunks — Diaw also scored 7 in the half while missing just one shot.
Duncan, who turned 36 this week, finally found his groove in the second half. He was 7 of 14 from the floor in his first game in nearly a week after Popovich gave his Big Three an extended rest to ensure their health for the playoffs.
Notes: The Jazz fell to 1-4 against the Spurs this year, with their only win coming in Salt Lake City when Duncan, Ginobili and Parker didn't play. ...The Jazz shot 4 of 13 from behind the 3-point line.
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