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    Roundup: Perfect Spurs off to best start in team history

    The Spurs’ Tony Parker finished with 6 points, 7 assists, and only 1 turnover.
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    The Spurs’ Tony Parker finished with 6 points, 7 assists, and only 1 turnover.

    The San Antonio Spurs have won four NBA championships, made 32 playoff appearances, and captured 18 division titles in their 40-year history.

    Yet for all their success, they had never opened a season with four straight victories.

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and the Spurs finally did so Monday night in San Antonio, rolling past the Indiana Pacers, 101-79, to remain unbeaten.


    ‘‘I'm surprised we’re still doing records,’’ Parker said. ‘‘It seems like we did everything, but that’s another one. That’s great.’’

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    It’s an unprecedented start for San Antonio, albeit one that left players scratching their heads.

    ‘‘It’s just a stat, not that important in the long term,’’ Manu Ginobili said. ‘‘[But] at this point we are enjoying it. It’s curious that a team this successful hasn’t started that well before.’’

    The Spurs upended the Pacers (2-2) with what has become a familiar formula in recent years — a little Parker, a little Duncan, and a lot off the bench.

    Gary Neal scored 17 points, DeJuan Blair 14, and Stephen Jackson 12 to pace San Antonio’s reserves. The Spurs bench outscored the Pacers bench, 57-35.


    ‘‘That’s kind of been our motto,’’ Neal said. ‘‘With Manu coming off and Stephen Jackson, those guys could be starting on any team in the NBA. We are a deep team. We've just got to maintain effort when the bench comes in.’’

    Duncan added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Parker finished with 6 points, 7 assists, and only 1 turnover.

    George Hill led Indiana with 15 points.

    Knicks 110, 76ers 88 — Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and JR Smith had 17 to lead visiting New York to its first 3-0 start since the 1999-2000 season.

    The Knicks beat the Sixers, 100-84, on Sunday in the opener of the home-and-home series. The Knicks busted open Monday’s game in the third quarter, stretching the lead to 21 points.


    They got a surprising third quarter from 38-year-old Rasheed Wallace, who scored 8 points and hit a couple of 3-pointers, including a 26-footer at the buzzer to end the period.