San Antonio improves to 4-0 for first time | NBA
San Antonio beat visiting Indiana 101-79, improving to 4-0 for the first time.
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs have won four NBA championships, made 32 playoff appearances and captured 18 division titles in their 40-year history.
Yet for all their success, they had never opened a season with four straight victories.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and the Spurs finally did so Monday, rolling past the Indiana Pacers 101-79 to remain unbeaten.
"I'm surprised we're still doing records," Parker said. "It seems like we did everything, but that's another one. That's great."
The Spurs beat the Pacers (2-2) with what has become a familiar formula in recent years — a little Parker, a little Duncan and a lot off the bench.
Gary Neal scored 17 points, DeJuan Blair 14 and Stephen Jackson 12 for San Antonio's reserves. Spurs subs outscored Indiana's bench 57-35.
Former San Antonio guard George Hill led the Pacers with 15 points.
"Their continuity is evident just watching them play," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said of the Spurs. "Thirteen of their 14 guys were here last year, and their core guys have been here for many years, winning championships."
Knicks rise to 3-0
PHILADELPHIA — Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 110-88 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Knicks have started 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
DALLAS — O.J. Mayo scored 32 points, his second consecutive 30-point game at home, and Dallas used a fourth-quarter surge to down the Portland Trail Blazers 114-91.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews had 20 points each for Portland.
• The host Sacramento Kings edged Golden State 94-92. Ex-Washington State standout Klay Thompson, coping with a toothache, scored 22 points for the Warriors.
• Cleveland beat the host Los Angeles Clippers 108-101. Jamal Crawford, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, scored 19 points for the Clippers.
• ESPN radio announcer Jim Durham, who called NBA games for the network, died over the weekend at his home in Tomball, Texas, network officials said. A cause of death was not announced. Durham was 65.
Last year, Durham received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport. Durham was the lead play-by-play man for NBA games on ESPN Radio since its inception in 1996.