SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Jaren Jackson scored a career-high 31 points and the San Antonio Spurs, playing without injured center David Robinson, beat Seattle 99-84 on Friday night.
The loss dropped the Sonics 1 1/2 games behind Utah for the best record in the Western Conference.
Rookie Tim Duncan had 28 points and 17 rebounds for San Antonio, which lost Robinson when he was knocked unconscious Wednesday by an elbow thrown by Utah’s Karl Malone. The 7-footer is expected to be out at least through the weekend as he recovers from a concussion.
Seattle was led by Gary Payton’s 20 points, while Detlef Schrempf and Vin Baker added 16 apiece.
San Antonio, down 51-46 at halftime, took a 58-55 lead on Jackson’s 3-pointer with 7:58 to play in the third quarter. A 9-0 run gave San Antonio a 67-59 lead with 3:47 left in the quarter, a run capped by Avery Johnson’s 3-pointer.
Seattle closed to 76-72, only to have San Antonio respond with a 7-0 run highlighted by Jackson’s five points. Duncan’s 15-footer made it 83-72 with 6:21 to play.
With Jackson hitting three 3-pointers in the quarter and Reggie Geary adding two, San Antonio pushed out to a 96-77 lead.
NOTES: David Robinson missed Friday’s game suffering the after-effects of the concussion he sustained on Wednesday at Utah, when he was elbowed by Karl Malone. ... Seattle had a three-game road winning streak snapped. ... Seattle leads the series with San Antonio 48-45.