Parker, Ginobili Lead Spurs Past Wizards
San Antonio 106, Washington 99
SAN ANTONIO, April 1 (Ticker) -- All-Star Tony Parker paced the San Antonio Spurs for much of the way before Manu Ginobili took over down the stretch.
Parker scored 28 points and Ginobili added 22 - including his team's final 14 points - as the Spurs posted a 106-99 victory over the Washington Wizards.
"It was a very good win against a very good basketball team, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. " Tony kept us together for three quarters and ran the show in the fourth."
In what was a tight fourth quarter, Parker's jumper with 2:56 remaining gave the Spurs the lead for good at 92-90. Ginobili then took over.
"I couldn't make anything good happen," Ginobili said. "I was taking good shots but they just weren't falling. For three quarters nothing would go in until the last one. That one shot got me going. I got in the right spot and got more confidence."
Ginobili sank two foul shots with 2:20 left before drilling a 3-pointer for a 97-91 lead 35 seconds later. The 6-6 slasher added another jumper for a three-point play to offset a layup by Caron Butler for a six-point advantage with 59 seconds to go.
Ginobili sank his final six free throws, giving San Antonio its sixth straight home win over Washington.
Parker made 10-of-17 shots and 8-of-11 free throws. He added six rebounds and six assists.
Playing sick, Tim Duncan collected 16 points and 14 boards for the Spurs. The superstar managed just four points in the second half.
"Timmy was a leader and a competitor," Popovich said. "Even though he was sick as a dog, he still wanted to play. His effort and foundation in the game was really impressive."
Gilbert Arenas had 31 points and eight assists to pace Washington (37-35), which completed a 3-3 road trip. The Wizards are one-half game in front of Milwaukee for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
"We had a six-game road trip and we liked the fact that we competed in every game out there," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "We competed on every possession on this trip. We shared the ball and we played the right way."
The Wizards scored 39 points in the third quarter, the most the Spurs have allowed in any period this season.
"They (Washington) are a good offensive team," Ginobili said. "They have a lot of talent. Arenas is someone you have to be worried about."
Antawn Jamison added 26 points and eight rebounds and Butler 21 and nine for the Wizards, who shot 51 percent (37-of-73).
"Either you make plays and get stops or you don't," Jamison said. "That is what makes champions. They (the Spurs) made plays and that is why they are champions."
"Beating them earlier in the season at home gave us confidence coming into the game tonight," Butler said. "We felt like we were only a couple of possessions away from getting a win tonight."