Parker paces Spurs past Nets
February, 11, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsDeron Williams attempts to guard Tony Parker, who finished with 29 points and 11 assists.The Brooklyn Nets couldn’t stop Tony Parker on Sunday night.
Parker abused the Nets all evening in the pick-and-roll, amassing 17 points in such offensive sets on 7-for-13 shooting, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
“I don’t think there is anybody in the league playing better than Tony Parker,” San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after Parker finished with 29 points, 11 assists and no turnovers in San Antonio’s 111-86 rout of Brooklyn at Barclays Center.
“He is beyond an All-Star. He’s carrying us.”
Parker carried the Spurs to victory despite the fact that they were without both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili due to injury.
“He keeps getting better year after year,” Boris Diaw said of Parker, who improved to 8-6 since the start of 2002-03 in games when Duncan and Ginobili don’t play. “He is doing everything on the court. I have watched him for years now and he just gets better. He is very consistent. I don’t know when he’s going to stop getting better.”
Parker outscored Deron Williams 10-0 in the third quarter. The Spurs ended up outscoring the Nets 30-14 and taking control in the frame. Williams finished with just five of his 15 points in the second half.
• The Nets committed 18 turnovers that led to 30 points, while forcing just seven turnovers, which they converted into six points.
• The Nets allowed 110-plus points for the fourth time this season (1-3).
• The Nets are 15-8 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.