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Mason scores 29 in Spurs' 119-94 victory

Mason scores 29 in Spurs' 119-94 victory



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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Roger Mason scored 29 points and the San Antonio Spurs made 15 of 25 3-pointers to beat the Utah Jazz 119-94 Friday night.

Playing without the backcourt of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, the Spurs still managed to hit eight of their first nine 3-point attempts.

Rookie George Hill scored a career-high 23 points for San Antonio (6-6) which has won four of its last five.

Tim Duncan added 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes.

Utah (8-5) got 17 points from Ronnie Brewer and 16 from CJ Miles, but the Jazz were without forward Carlos Boozer for the first time this season after he strained his left quadriceps Wednesday against Milwaukee.

Jazz point guard Deron Williams missed his 11th game due to his left ankle sprain. And the Jazz also went without forward Jarron Collins (inflamed right elbow) and Kyle Korver (inflamed right wrist).

The Spurs were without Parker for the seventh straight game with a left ankle sprain. Ginobili, who hasn't played at all this season also has a hurt left ankle and isn't expected to be back until December, but he said before the game that he could return next week.

San Antonio was ahead by 14 points in the first half, but the lead was trimmed to 61-55 less than a minute into the second half when Utah's Ronnie Brewer scored on a slam dunk.

The Spurs went ahead by 15 when Hill made a short jumper with 5:34 left in the third quarter. And they made it 24 after three when Mason knocked down a 27-foot 3-pointer in the final second.

Mason barely missed his career high of 32 points scored last season with Washington when he started in place of the injured Gilbert Arenas.

He went 10-of-17 from the floor Friday and was 7-of-10 on 3-pointers.

The Jazz had their moments of hot shooting. At one point in the second quarter they were hitting at more than 60 percent -- but were trailing by 12 points.

Mehmet Okur opened 4-of-4, including two long jumpers that helped Utah score eight straight during 1:49 of the first quarter for a 20-11 lead.

But the Spurs outscored Utah 18-4 during the remaining 4:50 of the opening quarter. The Spurs hit all four of their 3-pointers, two each by Hill and Bonner. San Antonio led 29-24 after the first quarter.

They kept it up through much of the second quarter. When Mason hit his second 3-pointer in less than a minute -- the Spurs' third in the opening three minutes of the quarter -- San Antonio went ahead 40-27.

Though Hill sat on the bench while Mason started his eighth game of the season -- his first at point guard -- Hill scored 10 first-quarter points in six minutes. He also had two assists and a steal.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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