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Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009

Jazz end 10-year skid against Spurs on road

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A decade of misery for the Utah Jazz in San Antonio is over.

But the Spurs' early struggles show no sign of ending.

Deron Williams scored 21 points and Carlos Boozer scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Jazz to their first regular-season victory in San Antonio since 1999 — a 90-83 win on Thursday night.

That's 10 years and 20 games since 30 points from Karl Malone on Feb. 28, 1999, carried the Jazz to their previous win in San Antonio. No player in Utah's loose locker room Thursday night was even in the NBA back then.

"We've been to this building a lot of times, had some close games and had some blowouts," said Boozer, who also had 11 rebounds. "To get the win, the first one in this building, is big-time for our organization. We're proud of ourselves."

Tim Duncan scored 21 points, and he has seldom seen San Antonio struggle at the start of a season like this. The Spurs revamped their roster this summer with sights set on a fifth NBA title run, but they are 4-6 and have their first losing record after 10 games since 1996.

San Antonio has dropped three straight.

Hornets 110, Suns 103

In New Orleans, Peja Stojakovic hit seven 3-pointers during a 25-point, 13-rebound performance, and the Hornets defeated Phoenix.

Amare Stoudemire had 23 points for the Suns.

Lakers 108, Bulls 93

In Los Angeles, Pau Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds in his season debut, and Kobe Bryant scored 21 points while passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Lakers' career scoring chart in a win over Chicago.



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