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Seattle at San Antonio

Spurs run over slumping Sonics; Seattle scores season low

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs believe they have solved their problems with inconsistency.

Tony Parker scored 21 points and Robert Horry added 17 to lead the Spurs to their fifth straight win, 102-71 over the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday night.

"We have had a hard time being consistent," Parker said. "We've played hard for a half or a quarter. The last five games we've been playing great."

Matt Bonner had 13 points, Manu Ginobili 11 and Tim Duncan added six points and 15 rebounds as San Antonio matched its longest winning streak of the season.

"Our consistency at some points is not there, but we are starting in the right direction," Duncan said. "It's good to come out of the break playing well."

Ray Allen scored 12 points -- 10 in the first quarter -- to lead the Sonics, and Rashard Lewis and Damien Wilkins had 10 each.

"Ray had to carry us last night and try to carry us again tonight," Sonics coach Bob Hill said.

Parker bounced back from a bad performance on Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks, when he finished with six points on 3-for-14 shooting.

Seattle, which lost 98-97 at New Orleans on Friday night, had a season-low scoring total and lost for the sixth time in the last 10 games.

"I think there was a breaking point in tonight's game where we were so tired from last night that it just wasn't going to happen," Hill said.

San Antonio took the lead for good when Duncan's layup, credited to him when Chris Wilcox was called for goaltending, made it 11-10 with 6:18 left in the first.

"We gave them easy buckets and in turn we didn't get those same easy buckets and it was downhill from there," Allen said. "Offensively, we just didn't exist."

Allen went 4-for-20 from the field, mostly matched up against Bruce Bowen.

"(Bruce is) excellent every night. He guards usually the biggest scorer on the other team night after night after night," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

The Spurs were up 27-20 at the end of the first quarter, thanks to three straight 3-pointers from Horry.

"It's been up and down for us lately. We just wanted to play four quarters," Horry said. "We've struggled all year putting four quarters together. We've put two or three quarters together."

Parker got going in the second, scoring 12 points and leading the Spurs on a 25-5 run that pushed their lead to 56-34 at halftime.

"My outside shot was going. When my outside shot is going, I feel like I can do whatever I want," Parker said. "It was a good feeling."

Horry's bank shot with 37.9 left in the third gave San Antonio a 30-point lead, and his fourth 3 of the game 31 seconds later made it 78-45.

"We had a total team effort. You love it when the guys are passing the ball, getting open jumpers," Horry said. "That's when we're at our best."

By the start of the fourth quarter, both teams had taken out all of their starters. Bonner scored all of his 13 points in the fourth.

Notes

  • The Spurs beat the Sonics 98-78 in Seattle in November. The teams will meet again March 25 in Seattle.
  • The Spurs host Toronto on Monday, and the Sonics return home to host Portland.
  • There was a moment of silence before the game for Dennis Johnson. Johnson, who died Thursday, was coach of the NBA Development League's Austin Toros. Austin is 80 miles northeast of San Antonio.
  • The Spurs improved to 38-18. The Sonics fell to 21-34.
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San Antonio captures its fifth straight win behind a 21-point, four-assist performance by Tony Parker.  (AP)
San Antonio captures its fifth straight win behind a 21-point, four-assist performance by Tony Parker. (AP)
Scoreboard
Seattle (21-34) 2014112671
San Antonio (38-18) «27292224102
SEA:R. Allen 12 Pts
SEA:N. Collison 7 Reb
SEA:R. Allen 3 Ast
SA:T. Parker 21 Pts
SA:T. Duncan 15 Reb
SA:M. Ginobili 7 Ast
Players of the Game
San AntonioSeattle

T. Parker

R. Lewis
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Seattle
R. Allen, SG304-202-233112
R. Lewis, SF294-130-063210
C. Wilcox, PF283-72-44128
N. Collison, C263-80-07226
L. Ridnour, PG160-22-22132
E. Watson, PG232-70-01205
J. Petro, C233-50-01036
M. Gelabale, SF212-42-22006
D. Wilkins, SF164-60-020110
M. Wilks, PG122-50-01214
M. Sene, C120-32-26032
A. Brown, PF40-00-00010
D. Fortson, PFDid Not Play
R. Swift, CDid Not Play
Totals 27-8010-1235141971
 33.8%83.3% 
San Antonio
B. Bowen, SF293-60-03226
T. Duncan, PF283-70-015406
T. Parker, PG2510-150-024221
F. Elson, C212-32-32116
B. Barry, SG173-52-21309
J. Vaughn, PG231-50-03422
M. Ginobili, SG223-64-457111
F. Oberto, PF221-20-03122
M. Finley, SG171-40-02512
R. Horry, PF136-81-200017
B. Udrih, PG123-71-11007
M. Bonner, PF125-92-341213
M. Ely, PFDid Not Play
J. Butler, CDid Not Play
J. White, GDid Not Play
Totals 41-7712-15413213102
 53.2%80.0% 
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LAC 103
Tor 93 Final
Char 76
Phi 90 Final
Mil 109
Den 95 Final
Dal 115
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