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San Antonio at Seattle

Parker's big fourth quarter wins it, Spurs continue road show

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Tony Parker was blunt in his own assessment. For three quarters, he did very little to help San Antonio.

Parker's nearly perfect fourth quarter, however, kept the Spurs perfect away from home.

Parker scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Spurs improved to 7-0 on the road with a 98-78 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday night.

"I was just trying to be aggressive," Parker said. "The first three quarters, I didn't get a lot of shots so I was just trying to make something happen."

After sitting for nearly seven minutes, Parker re-entered with 9:14 left and the Spurs' lead down to 74-71. Determined to be more aggressive, Parker scored 10 of the 13 points in a 13-2 run that turned the close game into a rout.

The Spurs are the only unbeaten road team left in the NBA, and the fourth team in the last 10 years to start 7-0 or better on the road. The Spurs will be tested twice more on their current three-game road trip -- Monday night at Golden State and Wednesday in Utah.

Seattle made it interesting for three quarters, before Parker took over, a message he got from coach Gregg Popovich.

"He told me to be more aggressive," Parker said. "Basically I was doing nothing for three quarters, so he wanted me to shoot more."

Parker made 6 of 7 shots in the fourth, scoring three times driving in the lane and three times on jumpers. The Spurs outscored Seattle 27-15 and improved upon the best road start in franchise history. San Antonio has won 12 straight regular season road games dating back to last season.

Tim Duncan scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and made team history, despite the efforts of Seattle's defense. The eight-time All-Star became the third Spurs' player to eclipse 15,000 points in his career, joining David Robinson and George Gervin. Duncan needed 10 points, and reached 15,000 when Nick Collison was called for goaltending on Duncan's short jumper with 2:05 left in the first half.

Fabricio Oberto also made a significant contribution with 16 points, including San Antonio's first 10 of the second half.

"He's so intelligent as a player. He doesn't get enough credit for that," Duncan said of Oberto. "He's not going to jump over anybody or do anything like that. He will find open spots and will make the right play just about every time."

Ray Allen led Seattle with 21 points and Collison added 15 off the bench, but the Sonics' were held to a season-low 78 points and Rashard Lewis was held to season-low eight points, 15 below his average.

Afterward, Seattle coach Bob Hill was extremely frustrated with the play of his bench.

"There is no help for the first group," Hill said. "Our first group missed a lot of shots around the basket because of their length, which has been a problem for us. And as soon as we go to the bench, it's just a struggle to score points."

Aside from Collison, Seattle got 10 points from its reserves. Earl Watson made just 1 of 8 shots.

The Spurs were without Manu Ginobili, bothered by a lower back contusion suffered in the third quarter of Friday's loss against Dallas. Brent Barry picked up some of the scoring slack with all 12 of his points in the first half.

Oberto dominated his matchup with Seattle's Johan Petro, scoring San Antonio's first 10 points of the second half. Oberto scored off perfect passes from Duncan and Parker, then knocked down a 9-foot jumper as the shot clock expired to give the Spurs a 57-41 lead two minutes into the half.

"He knows how to play the position and Timmy is really enjoying playing with him," Popovich said.

Luke Ridnour added 11 for Seattle, including a basket from his knees in the third quarter. Ridnour lost his footing driving into the lane, gained control of the ball and tossed in a 5-footer.

Notes

  • Seattle fell to 2-5 at home.
  • Popovich doesn't expect Ginobili to play Monday in Golden State, but is hopeful he'll be ready for Wednesday's game in Utah.
  • Two other teams in the last 10 years started 7-0 on the road -- Dallas in 2002 and Indiana in 2003. Houston started 8-0 in 1996. The NBA record is held by the New York Knicks, who won their first 12 to start the 1969-70 season.
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Tony Parker leads a 13-2 fourth-quarter run and finishes with a game-high 20 points. (AP)
Tony Parker leads a 13-2 fourth-quarter run and finishes with a game-high 20 points. (AP)
Scoreboard
San Antonio (11-3) «2524222798
Seattle (6-9) 2118241578
SA:T. Parker 20 Pts
SA:T. Duncan 16 Reb
SA:T. Duncan 6 Ast
SEA:R. Allen 21 Pts
SEA:J. Petro 9 Reb
SEA:C. Wilcox 5 Ast
Players of the Game
SeattleSan Antonio

R. Allen

T. Duncan
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
213118166

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San Antonio
B. Bowen, SF422-51-24125
T. Duncan, PF337-114-4166318
T. Parker, PG3310-180-025120
M. Finley, SG264-91-213010
F. Oberto, PF247-82-250316
R. Horry, PF253-60-05228
B. Barry, SG244-91-123012
F. Elson, C121-40-07102
B. Udrih, PG121-40-03202
J. Vaughn, PG50-00-00200
E. Williams, PF20-00-01000
M. Bonner, PF22-40-02015
M. Ginobili, SGDid Not Play
J. Butler, CDid Not Play
J. White, GDid Not Play
Totals 41-789-1148251298
 52.6%81.8% 
Seattle
R. Allen, SG409-203-331121
R. Lewis, SF333-72-22308
L. Ridnour, PG335-140-044111
C. Wilcox, PF312-63-34517
J. Petro, C293-110-29016
N. Collison, PF276-123-670315
E. Watson, PG201-80-03432
D. Wilkins, SF153-50-01016
A. Glyniadakis, C61-20-00022
M. Wilks, PG20-10-00000
M. Gelabale, SF20-00-00000
M. Sene, C20-00-01000
D. Fortson, PFDid Not Play
R. Swift, CDid Not Play
D. Farmer, GDid Not Play
Totals 33-8611-1634171378
 38.4%68.8% 
Other Games
Ind 83 Final
Tor 92
LAC 88 Final
Den 103
Pho 119 Final
Port 101
NJ 93 Final
LAL 99