Parker's points lead Spurs to victory

Tony Parker scores 30 points as the San Antonio Spurs labour to a 121-112 win over the Orlando Magic in the NBA.

    French veteran Tony Parker was on hand to rescue a Spurs team who struggled to gain any momentum [Reuters]
    French veteran Tony Parker was on hand to rescue a Spurs team who struggled to gain any momentum [Reuters]

    Tony Parker scored 30 points as the San Antonio Spurs overcame a lethargic performance to beat the Orlando Magic 121-112.

    Kawhi Leonard added 17 points, Tiago Splitter scored 14, Danny Green 12 and Tim Duncan had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs (46-16) extended their winning streak to six games.

    Tobias Harris scored 23 points, Nikola Vucevic added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Arron Afflalo had 17 points for Orlando (19-45), who were swept in the season series.

    Coming off the emotional high of a 111-87 victory over Miami two nights earlier in an NBA Finals rematch, San Antonio appeared listless against the Southeast Division's last-place team.

    Led by former Spurs player and assistant Jacque Vaughn, the Magic gave his former team a tense evening before San Antonio closed it out late.

    Ginobili lured E'Twaun Moore into hitting his right triceps, as he rose for an off-balance, fallaway, 14-foot jumper.

    The Argentine guard made the free throw to complete the three-point play and give San Antonio a 114-104 lead with 2:34 remaining.

    Clippers beat Hawks

    Leonard followed with a breakaway dunk off a turnover and Parker nailed a three-pointer to put the Spurs up 119-104 with just under two minutes left.

    At Milwaukee, Bradley Beal scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Washington Wizards avoid blowing a 28-point lead and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-107.

    Blake Griffin had 27 points and eight rebounds, Chris Paul added 19 points, including a lead-taking layup in the final minute, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-108 for their season-high seventh straight victory.

    Carmelo Anthony shook off a horrid shooting start and scored 26 points, leading the New York Knicks to their third straight victory, 107-97 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Elsewhere, the Utah Jazz beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 104-92, and the Memphis Grizzlies easily overcame Charlotte, 111-89.

    SOURCE: AP


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