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Updated: Saturday, December 7, 2002 1:51 AM EST
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San Antonio 98, Philadelphia 93
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SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers saw one streak come to an end and a much longer one continue.

The 76ers had their eight-game winning streak stopped by their 16th straight road loss to the San Antonio Spurs, who got a big game from Tim Duncan and slowed Allen Iverson in a 98-93 triumph.

The 76ers were carrying the NBA's longest current winning streak. They had won 11 of their last 12, a run that began with a home win over the Spurs on November 14.

However, they have not won in San Antonio since January 6, 1986, when Iverson was 10 years old. The streak began at HemisFair Arena, moved with the Spurs to the Alamodome and now has continued in the SBC Center.

"I didn't even know the streak was that long," Iverson said. "It's not something I pay attention to."

Duncan had a lot to do with that, collecting 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight blocks and six assists. He got Todd MacCulloch into early foul trouble and overwhelmed Keith Van Horn.

San Antonio's Stephen Jackson added 24 points off the bench, making 9-of-12 shots. The Spurs shot 56 percent (35-of-63).

"We were really unselfish tonight," Duncan said. "We shared the ball and moved the basketball well and that got a lot of guys great looks."

Meanwhile, Iverson was off the mark, especially in the second half. Having scored at least 27 points in his last 10 games, the quicksilver guard was hounded by Bruce Bowen. He managed 21 points as he made just 9-of-30 shots, including 3-of-14 after halftime.

"It was just a tough night for me, one of those nights," Iverson said. "I struggled and just couldn't get things going."

David Robinson had 13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks and Tony Parker scored 10 points for the Spurs, who had a season-high 15 blocks and held a 42-30 advantage on the glass as they maintained control throughout the game.

"We've had leads before and we've given them up," Robinson said. "Tonight we were more focused."

Keith Van Horn scored 15 points and Eric Snow added 14 for the Sixers, who shot just 41 percent (36-of-87) and had their four-game road winning streak snapped.

"I think any coach with any other team would have lost by 30 tonight," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "These guys give me what they've got. Sometimes we might not play exactly the way we want to, but nobody ever stops playing to win."

A layup by Duncan gave the Spurs the lead for good at 28-26 with 10:41 left in the second quarter. Consecutive baskets by Parker extended the advantage to 42-34 with 3:48 remaining.

Leading 49-42 at halftime, San Antonio opened the third quarter with a 10-2 surge. Duncan, who was 15-of-20 from the line, had four free throws and Steve Smith's jumper made it 59-44 with 9:53 to play.

"We did a better job of playing hard all the way through the game," said Duncan, whose club had lost four of its last six games.

With Iverson misfiring, the Sixers got no closer than eight points until the last 60 seconds. Snow's jumper made it 90-82 with 4:18 left in the game, but Philadelphia did not score again until the final minute.

"Sometimes you have to defer to your teammates," Brown said. "Aaron (McKie) hits three in a row and then doesn't touch the ball the next four trips. A perfect example that you need to learn from. That hasn't happened much this year."


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