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 playoff berth.

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 68-54.

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.