David Robinson's final season is winding down, and the San Antonio Spurs took a moment to thank him for all he's done for their franchise.
The Admiral wants to provide one more thrill — another NBA championship.
Tim Duncan scored 31 points and the Spurs beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-94 on Tuesday night. Robinson, who plans to retire after this season, was honored at halftime and after the game for his 13-plus years with the team.
"We have so much work left to do," he said. "We're in the middle of a battle to catch Dallas. We have a long way to go. I've been trying so hard not to think about (retiring)."
Robinson had 10 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes for the Spurs, who are 31-7 since Jan. 1 and only three games behind Dallas for the top spot in the Western Conference.
"I'd say they are my favorite right now," Bucks coach George Karl said. "They are unreal when they have it all going."
Speedy Claxton had 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for San Antonio. He came off the bench to replace starting point guard Tony Parker, who left with a sprained right wrist at the end of the first quarter.
Duncan was 12-of-16 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. Malik Rose added 18 points.
Robinson has won two Olympic gold medals, an NBA MVP Award, a scoring title and the Rookie of the Year Award. He played a key role in San Antonio's drive to the 1999 NBA championship.
"San Antonio fans, you're the best — I love you all," Robinson said during a red-carpet ceremony after the game. "I can't remember anything this special that has happened to me on the basketball court."
Robinson was drafted out of the Naval Academy with the first pick in the 1987 draft, and joined the Spurs two years later after fulfilling his military service commitment.
The Spurs also donated $100,000 to the Carver Academy, a private school for underprivileged children in San Antonio that Robinson founded and funded with $9 million of his own money.
"We really don't realize what we are losing," Rose said. "We really won't realize that until next year ... It's comical to think about what we'd have to do to repay a fraction of what you've done for us."
WIZARDS 95, TRAIL BLAZERS 91: At Portland, Ore., with former teammate Scottie Pippen watching in street clothes from the Trail Blazers bench, Michael Jordan scored 25 points as Washington held off a late rally.
The final regular-season meeting between Jordan and Pippen, who played together on the Chicago Bulls teams that won six NBA championships in the 1990s, was derailed when Pippen went on the injured list following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Jordan has said he plans to retire after this season. The only way they would face each other again is if the Wizards and Trail Blazers meet in the NBA Finals.
The Wizards, a half-game behind Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the East, snapped a three-game skid. Jordan added seven assists, and Jerry Stackhouse scored 24 points.
LAKERS 108, HAWKS 91: At Atlanta, Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles pulled away.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 31 points in 32 minutes and was able to rest the entire fourth quarter.
Bryant turned the sellout crowd of 19,280 in his favor, prompting fans to chant "MVP! MVP!" as he hit four consecutive 3-pointers to open a 99-80 lead with 4:59 remaining. He added a team-high 10 rebounds and six assists.
TIMBERWOLVES 108, HEAT 91: At Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak scored 26 points apiece as Minnesota won its fourth straight and moved 20 games over .500.
Garnett added eight rebounds and eight assists, ending his franchise-best streak of 19 straight double-doubles. He leads the NBA with 60 double-doubles this season.
Miami has lost 10 of 12.
CAVALIERS 124, WARRIORS 103: At Cleveland, Ricky Davis scored 28 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 23 as Cleveland won consecutive games for the first time this season.
Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Ilgauskas grabbed 10 rebounds, and Davis added 11 assists.