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NOTEBOOKOn Monday night, the Spurs had to match up with the hottest rookie in the NBA, Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, who entered the game as the No. 8 scorer in the league, at 25.2 points per game.

In Wednesday's game at the AT&T Center, they faced another red-hot point guard, Golden State's Monta Ellis, who entered the game having totaled 71 in the Warriors' impressive victories over the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks.

The Spurs held Jennings to 12 points on 21 shots on Monday.

Ellis was another story. He made 12 of 15 shots in the first half, scoring 28 points. He added 10 more points in the third, causing Spurs historians to scramble for information on the last player to score 50 against the Spurs in anticipation of a fourth period as productive as the first three.

In the fourth quarter, though, the Spurs held Ellis without a basket. He made four free throws and finished with 42 points, the most for any Spurs opponent this season.

George Hill, the second-year point guard who has emerged as the defender of choice against point guards such as Jennings and Ellis, said he could see Ellis wearing down late in the third period.

"If you play 48 minutes one game, and the next night you're almost playing another 48, you're going to get tired," Hill said. "It's life. He did a great job tonight. We just got the best end of it on the scoreboard."

Thus, New York's Bernard King remains the last player to score 50 against the Spurs , in 1984.

Remembering Pollin: Roger Mason Jr., who grew up in Washington, D.C., and played two seasons for the Wizards, has fond memories of Abe Pollin, the Wizards owner who died on Tuesday.

Mostly, Mason recalls what Pollin did for the revitalization of a blighted neighborhood near downtown by building the Verizon Center there, sparking an urban renewal.

"That neighborhood used to be very different," Mason said. "Being a college major in urban planning and downtown revitalization, seeing what he did by bringing the Verizon Center, and what that did for the city, was amazing.

"The fact he put his own money into it and did that for the city is his legacy for me, more so than even when I played for the Wizards, and he was in our locker room after our wins."

Finally dressed: Spurs forward Marcus Haislip suited up for the first time this season and logged his first playing time in silver and black. In 3 minutes, 41 seconds of the fourth quarter, Haislip made his only shot, scoring two points.

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