SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs did not look past
the Charlotte Bobcats. Instead, Tony Parker raced past them.
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Parker scored 24 points to lead a balanced attack as the Spurs
tuned up for a showdown with the Detroit Pistons with a 93-76
victory over the Bobcats that clinched their eighth straight
It was a typical "sandwich" game for the Spurs, who handled
Minnesota on Wednesday and visit the defending NBA champions in
a nationally televised game Sunday. But San Antonio did not
overlook expansion Charlotte, which has lost nine in a row.
A point guard with blazing speed, Parker made 11-of-17 shots and
handed out five assists. He has looked for his offense more in
the absence of All-Star guard Manu Ginobili, who missed his
fifth straight game with a strained groin.
San Antonio held a 60-54 lead in the third quarter when Parker
orchestrated a closing 12-0 run. He had a layup and added two
hoops after a basket by Tim Duncan, pushing the advantage to
After finding Devin Brown for a dunk, Parker rushed a jumper on
the final possession of the period. But Nazr Mohammed dunked
home the airball for a 72-54 bulge.
A 3-pointer by Brown made it 77-57 early in the fourth quarter,
and the Bobcats got no closer than the final margin.
Duncan scored 19 points, Brown added 15 and Robert Horry
continued his resurgence with 11 off the bench for the Spurs
(50-15), who maintained the best record in the NBA.