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Parker, Spurs recover from 10-point halftime deficit

12/22/2002

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Less than eight minutes into the game,
nothing was going right for Tim Duncan. He had scored only two
points when he picked up his third foul and headed to the bench.

Well rested for the second half, Duncan roared back with 16
points and six rebounds in 21 minutes to help the Spurs to a
come-from-behind 92-81 win Saturday night over the Washington
Wizards.

"We did a great job tonight just sticking with it and bringing
great energy in the second half,'' Duncan said.

Tony Parker led all scorers with 21 points, including
back-to-back 3-pointers in the game's final minutes as San Antonio
won its third straight. Stephen Jackson added 17 points and David Robinson had 11 points. Duncan finished with 11 rebounds.

The Spurs trailed by 10 at the half but made 22 of 36 shots
after the break to snap Washington's three-game winning streak. San
Antonio, which ended the game with a 17-6 run, outrebounded the
Wizards 45-28.

Michael Jordan, making his first appearance in San Antonio as a
member of the Wizards, was impressed by Parker.

"We had to double-team and he's the guy we had to double-team
from, and he made some big shots down the stretch,'' Jordan said.
"That got them back in it.''

The Wizards went ahead 77-75 on a dunk by Brendan Haywood with
4:29 left in the game before Parker made his first 3-pointer of the
night. He followed with his second with 3:36 remaining to give the
Spurs a 81-77 lead.

Jerry Stackhouse led Washington with 19 points, while Jordan and
Christian Laettner had 16 points each.

The Spurs opened the third quarter with a 10-2 burst to pull
within two, 47-45. Duncan tied the score at 51 on a pair of free
throws with 6:22 remaining in the period.

Stackhouse made a jumper on Washington's next possession, but
Bruce Bowen hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give San Antonio its
first lead since the opening minutes. Duncan added a follow-up dunk
on a missed layup.

"We didn't come out and match their intensity,'' Jordan said.
"We had our shots and they had theirs, and they hit them.''

After going down by five, the Wizards came back to even the
score at 66 on a pair of free throws by Tyronn Lue with 14.8 seconds left in the quarter.

The Spurs scored the game's first five points before Washington
found its range. The Wizards took a 10-9 lead on a driving layup by
Jordan, and they would not trail for the rest of the first half.

Duncan went to the bench with his third personal with 4:24 left.
Washington then went on a 9-2 run over the next two minutes, capped
by a 12-foot turnaround by Stackhouse that gave it a 22-15
advantage.

The Wizards' lead grew to double digits late in the second as
San Antonio struggled from the floor.

A jumper by Lue gave Washington a 37-27 lead, and Laettner stole
the ball on two straight possessions and the Wizards converted both
times to build their margin to 41-29 with 3:58 left in the half.

San Antonio's offense was woeful in the half. The Spurs managed
only 12-for-38 (31.6 percent) shooting and missed half of their 20
free throws.

Game notes
In his three games as a starter, Jackson has averaged 14.7
points and 5.7 rebounds. Jackson took over from Steve Smith on the
Spurs' recent West Coast trip. ... Parker has only missed three of
his last 28 attempts at the foul line. ... Robinson's 11 points
pulled him within eight of Mitch Richmond for 25th on the NBA's
career scoring list. ... The game was Jordan's first in San Antonio
while with the Wizards. He was injured when the team visited the
Spurs last December. ... Washington has lost six straight to San
Antonio. ... The teams finish their two-game season series Dec. 31
at Washington.