PARKER'S CAREER-HIGH GIVES SPURS A WIN OVER HEAT
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Thank you, NHK !! I couldn't keep waiting for the game that Southeast division leader Miami Heat welcomed last NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. Both teams have 3-time MVP of NBA Final, Tim Duncan of Spurs and Shaquille O'Neal of Heat. However it was not them who showed wonderful performances this night but was Tony Parker. The French guard scored career-high 38 points to help San Antonio won over Miami. Duncan was 14 pts while O'Neal was 23 pts.
San Antonio cruised the 1st half to limit Shaq to score 7 pts before Spurs went to halftime with a 49-38 lead. Coach Pat Riley encouraged Heat when Dwyane Wade scored 19 of his 36 pts in the 2nd half. Finally Shaq's hook shot was made when Heat tied the game, 76-76 with about 9 minutes remaining in 4Q. After coach Gregg Popovich saw Manu Ginobilli, 8 pts, sidelined due to the ankle injury at the midway of 3Q, it was Parker who gave the coach a relief again. Brent Barry off the bench sank a 3-pointer with Parker's assist with 1:09 to end to give Spurs a 95-90 advantage.
Spurs are also a good team this season. Who stops San Antonio, Dallas ? or Detroit in the NBA Final ?
San Antonio 101-94 Miami (26 Jan)
*T. Parker 38pts for SA
*T. Duncan 14pts, 11rebs for SA