Parker spurs San Antonio victory

Posted: Monday, April 05, 2004

LOS ANGELES Tony Parker had 29 points and nine assists and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 95-89 Sunday for their sixth straight victory, moving them within 1 1/2 games of the Western Conference lead.

Tim Duncan added 18 points, 13 rebounds and six assists and Bruce Bowen and Manu Ginobili scored 12 points each for the Spurs (52-25), who have won eight of nine.

The Lakers had their 11-game winning streak snapped and dropped into third place in the West, a half-game behind Sacramento and Minnesota, who both won Sunday.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers (53-24) with 28 points and six rebounds, but he shot just 9-of-26 while being closely guarded by Bowen.

Gary Payton had 21 points and eight rebounds; Shaquille O'Neal added 17 points and nine rebounds; and Karl Malone had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers.

Timberwolves 90, Grizzlies 82

MINNEAPOLIS Sam Cassell scored a season-high 36 points and Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 22 rebounds for the Timberwolves' fifth straight victory.

James Posey scored 19 points, Pau Gasol had 15 and Jason Williams had 10 points and 10 assists for Memphis, which had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

Despite shooting 5-for-20 from the field, Garnett posted his 68th double-double to tie his franchise record set last season. Michael Olowokandi had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Pistons 79, Pacers 61

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Richard Hamilton scored 24 points and Detroit's defense stifled Indiana. Detroit held the Pacers to a season-low for points and 34.2 percent shooting in a matchup of teams with the top two records in the Eastern Conference.

The Pistons were 0-3 against the Pacers this season, but they hadn't played them with Rasheed Wallace. The Pistons are 16-5 since Wallace was acquired from Atlanta on Feb. 19. Wallace didn't provide much offense against the Pacers, scoring seven points on 3-for-11 shooting.

Ron Artest scored 16 points for the Pacers, who had won six of seven despite not being at full strength.

Jermaine O'Neal, still recovering from a sprained left knee, had just nine points in 37 minutes.

Kings 99, Rockets 94

HOUSTON Peja Stojakovic had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Chris Webber added 19 points to lead Sacramento.

Yao Ming had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jim Jackson added 18 points for the Rockets, who lost their fourth straight.

Jackson scored four points in an 11-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter, helping the Rockets get back into the game. They took an 85-84 lead with 5:16 remaining.

Bucks 90, Raptors 83

TORONTO Brian Skinner had 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds to help the Bucks clinch a playoff spot. Michael Redd added 17 points for the Bucks.

Wizards 112, Celtics 102

WASHINGTON Gilbert Arenas scored 32 points, including a four-point play with 1:25 left. Larry Hughes added 29 points for the Wizards, who avoided their first regular-season series sweep by Boston in more than 20 years.

Every time the Celtics got close in the fourth quarter, Arenas answered with a 3-pointer.

Jazz 97, Clippers 92

LOS ANGELES Andrei Kirilenko scored 18 points and Carlos Arroyo got nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Utah, vying for its 21st consecutive playoff berth, tied Denver for the eighth and final Western Conference berth, with Portland a half-game behind. The Trail Blazers have a game in hand on the Jazz and the Nuggets, who have five to play.

SuperSonics 98, Hornets 88

SEATTLE Ray Allen scored 25 points, leading five Seattle players in double figures, and the SuperSonics snapped a four-game losing streak.

Nets 106, Hawks 89

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Richard Jefferson had 20 points and a career-high 12 assists for the starless Nets, who won their third straight game. Kerry Kittles added 16 points and the Nets overcame the continued absence of Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin by shooting 53.7 percent from the field and getting double-figure scoring from seven players.

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