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Parker (27 points) leads Spurs past Maccabi Tel Aviv

10/8/2006 - San Antonio Spurs

PARIS -- Tony Parker scored 27 points in front of his home
fans to lead the San Antonio Spurs over Maccabi Tel Aviv 97-84
Sunday in an exhibition game.

Tim Duncan added 15 points, while Manu Ginobili scored 10 to
give the Spurs their second straight win in France.

"It's been a long week," said Parker, who scored 26 points
against Asvel Villeurbane on Thursday. "It's been a pleasure to
come back here and see family and friends, and we had two good
games and two wins."

Parker, who missed playing for France at the world championships
because of a broken finger, has fully recovered, Spurs coach Gregg
Popovich said.

Parker received a standing ovation when he left the court with a
minute to play as fans chanted, "Tony! Tony!"

"Some day it would be great to play in a world championship,"
Parker said. "But now I will just focus on the Spurs and hope we
have a great season."

Jaime Arnold led Maccabi with 15 points, while Nikola Vujic
added 14.

"There's no excuses today," said Maccabi's Rodney Buford, who
played in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets. "We just didn't play
Maccabi ball today. I just couldn't get any rhythm out there."

France striker Thierry Henry attended the game and sat next to
Parker's girlfriend, Eva Longoria.

"It's great to watch him. He can change a game in a moment,"
Henry said. "That's what I like about him. He's a lot like me
actually. It's quite frightening. He has that great first touch."

Parker has combined practice with guest appearances and hospital
visits since he returned to France.

"If he's not tired now, he never will be," Popovich said.
"He's been up 22 hours day. That shows what a consummate
professional he is."

On Saturday, a wax model of Parker was unveiled in Paris' Grevin
museum.

"It's a great honor. Not just anybody gets into the Grevin
museum. I think only seven athletes ever have," Parker said. "I
always try and represent my country well in the United States. I
hope I will continue to help people dream."

The Spurs are one of four teams playing on the NBA Europe Live
tour. The Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns
also are taking part.

Last year, Maccabi beat the Toronto Raptors in an exhibition
game.