Duncan, Parker Help Spurs Tame Bobcats
San Antonio 94, Charlotte 86
CHARLOTTE, N. C. (Ticker) -- After losing his cool for an instant, Tim Duncan got hot.
Duncan scored 15 of his season-high 29 points in the third quarter and Tony Parker also had a big game as the San Antonio Spurs posted a 94-86 victory over the pesky Charlotte Bobcats.
However, Duncan let his play do his talking in the third period. He scored the Spurs' first nine points and made 6-of-9 shots in the quarter, when San Antonio led by as many as 12 points.
Duncan made 11-of-20 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds in his fifth straight double-double to open the season.
Parker also continued to show that his fifth NBA season may be his best. The speedy point guard scored 23 points - his fourth game of at least 20 - on 11-of-19 shooting and also handed out six assists.
After starting the fourth quarter on the bench, Parker entered and had two driving layups to help the Spurs build their lead to 85-73 with 4:08 remaining. He added another nifty layup with 59 seconds to go to make it 91-84.
Nick Van Exel, starting in place of All-Star Manu Ginobili, added 12 points for the Spurs, who overcame 20 turnovers to improve to 2-0 on a four-game road trip.
Ginobili, who is battling a bruised right quadriceps, scored eight points and handed out five assists in 31 minutes.
Gerald Wallace scored 15 points to pace seven players in double figures for the Bobcats, who were competitive all game but never were able to get over the hump against the defending NBA champions.