Parker leads Spurs past Suns

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Updated: January 27, 2013

Tony Parker scored 11 of his game-high 31
points in the final quarter to help the San Antonio Spurs to their eighth
straight win, 108-99, over the Phoenix Suns.

Manu Ginobili added 20 points off the bench for the Spurs, who also received
13 points and eight rebounds from Tiago Splitter.

San Antonio, which was without future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan (knee) and
coach Gregg Popovich (illness) for a third straight game, got 11 points from
Boris Diaw and 10 from Stephen Jackson in its 16th straight home win.

The Spurs went 12-of-19 from the field in the final quarter.

Michael Beasley had 25 points and Jared Dudley scored 23 for the Suns, who
have lost seven in a row on the road in this series.

Dudley’s jumper gave the visitors an 88-86 lead with 9 1/2 minutes left, but
Parker scored seven in a row during San Antonio’s ensuing 10-0 push. Kawhi
Leonard capped the spurt with a 3-pointer with 5:42 remaining.

“He is unbelievable,” Ginobili said of Parker. “I cannot say he became a
fourth quarter finisher this year because of how he played last year,
especially in the first two months. But he is in that point of his career
where he is so confident. He is doing so good that he can relax a little bit
in the first half and then when we need him, he starts making those jumpers
and takes over.”

The Suns didn’t get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

“Tony Parker knows how to take over a game,” Beasley said. “He’s been doing it
for years. He did it again tonight. He just knows how to take over games.”

The Spurs gave up the game’s first six points, but had the game even at 26
after the first quarter. The hosts led by as many as seven in the second, but
found themselves up only 59-56 at the half.

The see-saw battle continued in the third with the visitors up as many as
five, but Ginobili’s two free throws in the closing seconds made it 82-81 Suns
going to the fourth.

Game Notes

San Antonio has won nine of the last 11 meetings … The Suns’ last win in San
Antonio came Oct. 29, 2008, in Terry Porter’s debut as head coach … The
Spurs moved to 20-2 at home, the best mark in the NBA … P.J. Tucker had 11
points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who also received 12 boards from Marcin
Gortat and 10 assists from Goran Dragic … The Suns committed 17 turnovers,
which led to 22 San Antonio points.