Parker's 55 sparks Spurs
Tony Parker scored a career-high 55 points, including a 20-footer at the buzzer to force a second overtime, in the San Antonio Spurs' 129-125 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night in Minneapolis.
After Al Jefferson backed down Tim Duncan and sank a turnaround hook to put Minnesota up, 116-114, with 2 1/2 seconds left in the first overtime, Parker took the inbounds pass, dribbled right, pump-faked once, and let the ball fly. He let a sly smile creep across his normally stone face as the Wolves trudged back to the bench.
Jefferson paused to sit on the scorer's table before play resumed and just shook his head as if to say, "What more can we do?"
San Antonio won for the first time in four games this season, and picked up its sixth straight win and 11th in the last 12 meetings against Minnesota.
Parker scored 6 of his team's first 8 points in the second overtime to stretch the lead to 4, though Randy Foye made a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the lead to 1. The Spurs rebounded a pair of missed jumpers before Parker finally went to the line with 19 seconds left and made it 128-125.
Pistons 100, Raptors 93 - Tayshaun Prince scored 16 of his 27 points in the second quarter, and Richard Hamilton had 22 to help visiting Detroit remain unbeaten.
Allen Iverson was unavailable for Detroit because Chauncey Billups, one of three players traded to Denver in exchange for Iverson, failed to complete his physical with the Nuggets. Iverson didn't sit on the team bench.
Rodney Stuckey added 14 points, and Rasheed Wallace had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit (4-0). Chris Bosh had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Jose Calderon had 24 points for Toronto (3-1) in an unsuccessful bid for its first 4-0 start.
Suns 113, Pacers 103 - Amare Stoudemire scored 49 points, falling a point short of his career high, in Phoenix's victory over Indiana in Indianapolis.
Stoudemire was 17 for 21 from the field, made 15 free throws without a miss, and had 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. He just missed his career high of 50 points, set against Portland Jan. 2, 2005.
Boris Diaw added 14 points for the Suns (4-1).
Kings 100, Grizzlies 95 - Kevin Martin scored 33 points and John Salmons had 21 points and nine rebounds in host Sacramento's first victory of the season.
O.J. Mayo scored 28 points and hit six 3-pointers for the Grizzlies, who opened a four-game West Coast trip with the best performance of the No. 3 overall draft pick's short NBA career.
Lakers 106, Clippers 88 - Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, and the unbeaten host Lakers used a 22-0 run in the fourth quarter for their sixth straight win over their crosstown rivals.
Cuttino Mobley scored 5 straight points to give the Clippers an 81-79 lead with 8:16 remaining when the Lakers suddenly took command.
Warriors 111, Nuggets 101 - Stephen Jackson had 29 points and seven assists and Golden State overcame a poor first quarter and some sloppy second-half play to beat visiting Denver.
Carmelo Anthony had 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the Nuggets, who couldn't do enough on offense without departed playmaker Allen Iverson despite jumping out to a quick 17-4 lead.
Knicks 101, Bobcats 98 - Zach Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Nate Robinson scored all of his 24 points in the first half, and the Knicks ruined their old coach Larry Brown's first game back in New York.
Wilson Chandler added 18 points and Jamal Crawford had 14 of his 16 in the second half for the Knicks, who bounced back after poor offensive performances in consecutive losses.
Heat 106, 76ers 83 - Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, Mario Chalmers set a franchise record with nine steals, and Miami scored 12 straight points in the fourth quarter to pull away and beat visiting Philadelphia.
Wade added seven rebounds and six assists. The Heat forced 26 turnovers - matching the most in the NBA this season - and moved to 2-0 at home for the first time since 2004.
Cavaliers 107, Bulls 93 - LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points - 15 on free throws - and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 15 points and 10 rebounds, leading host Cleveland over Chicago.
Hawks 87, Hornets 79 - Joe Johnson scored 24 points and Atlanta made 12 3-pointers to stay perfect on the young season while handing host New Orleans its first loss.
Jazz 103, Trail Blazers 96 - Mehmut Okur scored 22 points, Carlos Boozer added 20 - including 4 in the final 30 seconds - and host Utah held off Portland to stay undefeated.
Bucks 112, Wizards 104 - Richard Jefferson scored 32 points and rookie Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 17, making up for a missed chance in regulation and rallying host Milwaukee to an overtime victory over Washington.