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Updated: Sunday, November 17, 2002 12:03 AM EST
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San Antonio 90, Cleveland 77
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CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan picked a good time to have an off night.

Duncan scored only six points amid foul trouble, but the San Antonio Spurs hardly missed his output in a 90-77 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have lost six straight games.

"Tim took the night off," joked teammate David Robinson, who scored 12 points. "There's a big difference between us giving it to him and him taking it. He's usually not bad about foul trouble."

Bruce Bowen made 4-of-4 3-pointers and scored 14 points and Tony Parker was 3-of-3 from the are to pick up the slack for Duncan, who spent most of the game watching his fouls. He picked up his fifth foul with just under seven minutes left in the third quarter, then fouled out with 6:06 remaining in the game.

"What's frustrating for me is that I see us miss two-pointers and I see them make 3-pointers," said Cleveland coach John Lucas, whose club shot under 40 percent (33-of-84) from the field.

The Spurs were able to survive a bad game from the 2002 NBA Most Valuable Player because Cleveland 7-3 center Zydrunas Ilgauskas also struggled. Harassed by 7-footers Duncan and Robinson, Ilgauskas managed just four points.

"If Z isn't going to score for us, we're going to have a hard time scoring 77 points," Lucas said.

The Cavaliers trailed 43-32 at halftime, with Ricky Davis accounting for half their points. They got as close as 53-45 before Robinson scored six straight points to rebuild the lead to double digits and send the Spurs on their way.

Benched earlier this week for arguing with teammates, Davis scored 22 points but was shut out in the fourth quarter. Rookie Carlos Boozer scored all 10 of his points in the final period.

The biggest cheer from the crowd at Gund Arena came late in the fourth quarter, when former Cav Danny Ferry checked into the game. Ferry spent 10 years with Cleveland.

Cleveland activated rookie Dajuan Wagner from the injured list, but Wagner is unlikely to see action for another week as he recovers from surgery necessitated by a blood clot near his bladder. The first-round pick was activated to make room for Darius Miles on the injured list.

"I was just happy to put the uniform on," Wagner said.


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