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Parker has 11 points, three steals in fourth

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- After the San Antonio Spurs squandered a
14-point fourth-quarter lead to Memphis on Monday, Tony Parker was
kicking himself.

Parker passed up an open jumper with time running out that might
have helped his team pull out a win.

On Wednesday, Parker was in a similar situation late in a tight
game against Seattle. This time, he made a 19-footer, and the Spurs
fended off a pair of fourth-quarter charges to beat the
SuperSonics, 88-84.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and some of the players criticized
Parker after the Memphis loss, and said he needs to step up while
Tim Duncan is on the injured list.

Parker said he didn't let the loss to the Grizzlies keep him
down for long.

"I'm not worried about bouncing back, because I think I always
bounce back every time they give me a challenge," said Parker, who
scored 11 of his 17 points and had three steals in the final
period.

Bruce Bowen, who scored 14 points for San Antonio, said Parker
has the talent to be an impact player every night.

"Now is not the time to praise Tony -- we've got another game
coming up," said Bowen, who also pestered Seattle star guard Ray
Allen on defense. "He's paid to do a job and he's capable of doing
it."

The Spurs host Dallas on Friday night. The Mavericks have won
all three meetings this season.

The Spurs led 67-54 going into the final period Wednesday, but
Seattle opened with an 8-0 run to trim the difference to five.

A three-point play by Ray Allen made it 76-75 for the Spurs with
3:49 left, but layups by Hedo Turkoglu and Parker extended San
Antonio's lead to five points.

"We were trying to attack their aggressive defense," said
Sonics coach Nate MacMillan. "With a team like the Spurs you have
to move the ball, make their defense bend."

San Antonio's defense did bend, but unlike Monday, it didn't
break.

Flip Murray, who scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth
quarter, made a pair of free throws and then two jumpers to cut the
Spurs' lead to 83-81 with 1:07 remaining.

"Flip was coming down and scoring almost every time," said
Seattle's Rashard Lewis, whose 10 points were little more than half
his average. "Ray and I weren't able to get it going, so Flip got
in the game tonight."

Parker then made his pivotal jumper from the top of the key with
47.9 seconds left. Parker and Robert Horry combined for three free
throws to build the lead to 88-81 before Allen finished with a
3-pointer at the buzzer.

It was San Antonio's third game without Duncan, who went on the
injured list after hurting his left leg last week in a loss in
Dallas.

Turkoglu led San Antonio with 18 points, going 4-for-5 on
3-pointers. Horry scored 14 points and Rasho Nesterovic had 12
points and 12 rebounds, seven on the offensive end.

Allen scored 21 and Vladimir Radmanovic had 14 for Seattle.

A corner 3-pointer by Bowen gave the Spurs an 11-2 lead, with
Bowen accounting for seven points. San Antonio got its advantage
into double digits at 20-9 late in the first period when Manu
Ginobili passed inside to Kevin Willis for a dunk.

Allen, who scored only two points in the first quarter, keyed a
16-6 run by Seattle to start the second.

With Bowen out for a rest, Allen hit a quick pair of jumpers
while guarded by Ginobili, and he kept scoring when Bowen returned.
Allen's 16-footer at 6:03 gave the Sonics their first lead of the
game, 29-28.

Nesterovic made San Antonio's last three baskets before the
break, while Murray scored five of Seattle's final seven points in
a half that ended with the Spurs up 37-36.<
^Notes: The Spurs have beaten the Sonics six straight dating back to
November 2002. ... Antonio Daniels, a former Spur, did not dress
for the Sonics after bruising ribs in Tuesday's loss in Dallas. ...
Seattle is 7-10 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

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