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Parker's 32 points, 10 assists come before entire family

12/29/2002

CHICAGO (AP) -- After his mother flew all the way from France to
see him play, Tony Parker wasn't about to waste her trip.

Parker put on quite a show for his family and friends Saturday
night, matching his career high of 32 points and notching his
second double-double of the season as the San Antonio Spurs beat
the Chicago Bulls 109-95.

"It was just great to play good in Chicago because I've got all
my family here,'' said Parker, who also had 10 assists and stopped
a late Bulls rally with five free throws in the last minute.

Tim Duncan had 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who won
for the seventh time in their last nine games. Stephen Jackson
added 16, going 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

David Robinson, who got a loud standing ovation before his last
game in Chicago, had eight points and seven rebounds.

"Tony led the way for us,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
"Offensively, he was very aggressive and everybody reacted well to
him.''

Jay Williams scored 15 of his 23 points from 3-point range, but
it wasn't enough for the Bulls, who dropped their third straight
and fourth in five games. Jalen Rose led Chicago with 24, and
Marcus Fizer had 12 rebounds and 11 points.

"Tony Parker was killing me,'' Williams said. "It was my job
to stop him and I didn't. It was frustrating.''

But Parker had some added motivation. His father, Tony Sr., is
from Chicago and played at Loyola before going overseas. Though
Parker grew up in Europe, he would spend summers in Chicago and
went to Bulls games when he was in town.

His father and two brothers live in Chicago now _ brother T.J.
plays for Northwestern -- so the family had a reunion of sorts at
the United Center. His mother was there from France -- it's the
first time this season she's seen Parker play -- and his
grandparents were at the game, too.

And Parker didn't disappoint. He made his first eight shots, and
finished 10-of-15. He was 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and 10-of-14
at the free-throw line, including some clutch shots at the end of
the game.

After leading by as much as 23 late in the third, San Antonio
saw its lead dwindle to 100-92 on a 3-pointer by Williams with 55
seconds to play. But the Bulls fouled Parker three times in the
next 12 seconds, and he made all but one of the six shots to seal
the victory.

"It was a good win for us to bounce back after the Hawks
game,'' Parker said, referring to San Antonio's loss in Atlanta on
Friday night. "I just liked the way we responded. We played good
defense and controlled the boards.''

The Spurs shot pretty well, too. Leading by eight with 11:09
left in the third, Jackson hit a pair of back-to-back 3s to spark a
15-0 run and break the game open.

The Spurs missed only one shot during the spurt, and made four
3s. They finished the game with a season-high 11 3-pointers.

"After that tough one last night, I felt we played a little
more of a complete game,'' Duncan said. "We pushed it a lot
harder.''

Rose finally interrupted the run with a 15-footer, Chicago's
first basket in more than five minutes. But the Bulls couldn't hold
onto the ball long enough to make a run, turning it over on three
of their next four possessions.

"It's the third quarter,'' Fizer said. "We dig ourselves a
hole and a great team like that is not going to let you out of
it.''

Game notes
Former Bulls guard Steve Kerr got a loud ovation when he
came in at the end of the first quarter. Kerr is leaning toward
retiring, which means this could have been his last game in
Chicago. "It does bring back a lot of great memories,'' Kerr said.
The best one? His game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA
Finals that gave the Bulls their fifth championship. "That shot
will always be No. 1 because it's the shot everyone dreams of,'' he
said. ... Former Bulls coach Tim Floyd almost had a home in San
Antonio. Popovich said he offered Floyd an assistant's job, and
Floyd even went to San Antonio to talk with him about it before
deciding the timing wasn't right. "He's a fantastic coach,''
Popovich said. "I watched his teams here. Even though wins didn't
come at a ferocious rate, his teams always played hard.''