SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Losing the last three games by a combined
nine points, San Antonio found a way to win Wednesday
night as Tony Parker's lone basket of the game gave the Spurs a
90-88 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.
Parker's 16-foot jump shot with 7.1 seconds to play gave San
Antonio the win, while Tim Duncan put the Spurs into position for
the victory with 30 points and 18 rebounds. David Robinson added 20
points for San Antonio, while Steve Smith scored 19.
"It was a good win against a tough club that is fighting for
playoff position," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "He
(Parker) has guts and he knows how to pick and choose. He's had
some good guts for us all year long. He's made some shots down the
stretch. He's never afraid to take a shot."
Seattle, which lost its second straight game, was led by Gary
Payton with 24 points, while Vin Baker added 14.
"That was the only shot he made all night," Seattle coach Nate
McMillan said of Parker. "But he sure made it count. That was a
big shot. On the last play we got the double on Tim, he made the
pass to Tony. If you wanted anybody out there to shoot it tonight
it was Parker. But he made that one."
Down 87-80, Seattle rallied to tie the game 88-88 on a jump shot
by Jerome James with 1:52 to play.
Both teams struggled down the stretch before Parker connected on
the winning shot. Seattle center Predrag Drobniak's 5-foot jump
shot was blocked by Duncan with 2.4 seconds remaining as San
Antonio held on for the victory.
"I was feeling good," said Parker, who was 1-for-6 shooting
from the field. "I love to take big shots. I was mad
and I said if I got a second chance it was going in. I knew they
were going to double Timmy. I knocked it down. I was feeling
Seattle lost despite outscoring San Antonio 19-14 in the fourth
"We had it close at the end and we had a chance to win, we just
needed a couple of breaks to go our way and they didn't tonight,"
After trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, San
Antonio opened the third quarter with a 21-5 run to lead 66-59 on a
dunk by Robinson with 6:12 remaining.
A 10-0 run capped by a 3-point basket by Bruce Bowen increased
the Spurs' lead to 76-61 with 3:08 to play in the quarter.
Duncan had 12 points in the third quarter as San Antonio
outscored Seattle 31-15 and led 76-69 going to the final period.
"We didn't play well in the first and we all knew it," said
Duncan, who also had a season-high nine assists. "Poor free-throw
shooting, bad plays, missed shots. We really didn't have the
intensity we wanted coming off of three losses. We turned it up in
Behind 12 points by Payton, Seattle led 54-45 at halftime. Smith
and Duncan had 14 points apiece for San Antonio.
"We played well tonight," said Payton, who also dished out
seven assists. "In the past two games we have made mistakes down
the stretch and that has cost us. We are OK, though. We know we can
play with these guys. Sometimes it just doesn't go your way."
San Antonio outscored Seattle 54-46 in the paint and
outrebounded the Supersonics 42-34.
Seattle guard Brent Barry left the game in the third
quarter after sustaining a cut above his right eye that required
five stitches. ... Barry returned with 7:57 to play in the fourth
quarter. ... Prior to the game, San Antonio placed guard Stephen
Jackson on the injured list with a sprained left thumb and
activated guard Jason Hart. ... Duncan had his 60th double-double
of the season and 280th of his career. ... The Spurs have now held
55 of the last 63 opponents under 100 points. ... San Antonio is
now 28-9 at the Alamodome this season while Seattle falls to 19-20
on the road . . . The Spurs and Sonics split four games this
season, with both teams winning at home. ... San Antonio now leads
the all-time series 55-54.