Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/24

Game 1: Sunday, November 24th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 18th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 8th
Game 4: Friday, April 11th

Spurs 106


SuperSonics 95

(16-18, 6-8 home)

    Coverage: KENS

    7:00 PM ET, January 8, 2003

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 27 22 28 29106
    SEA 18 33 17 2795

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Blk

    Sea: G. Payton 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl

    Parker scores 10 points in fourth quarter

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Tony Parker is determined to give Tim Duncan more help this season.

     Tony Parker

    With Duncan scoring 23 points and Parker getting 10 of his 19 in the fourth quarter, the San Antonio Spurs beat the slumping Seattle SuperSonics 106-95 on Wednesday night.

    The Spurs won their third straight game and handed the Sonics their third consecutive defeat and their seventh loss in nine games.

    "I'm trying to be consistent," said Parker, the Spurs' second-year starting point guard from France. "That's the key. You have to be consistent. In the second half, I had to wake up."

    Steve Kerr had 10 points for San Antonio in the final period.

    Rashard Lewis led the Sonics with 19 points, while Gary Payton and Desmond Mason each had 18 points. Payton also had 10 assists and eight rebounds.

    The Spurs led only 81-78 before going on a 13-0 run in the final quarter. Kerr opened the spurt with a 16-footer and Parker followed with a pair of fast-break layups before Kerr connected with a 3-pointer with 5:53 on the clock.

    Parker followed with another fast-break layup, a 15-footer and a driving 5-footer to put San Antonio ahead 96-78 with 3:11 left.

    "I just want to have good games every time," Parker said. "Not up and down. God gave me a lot of ability and they want me to do more this season. I have to show up every night."

    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich agreed with Parker's assessment.

    "He's a talented kid," Popovich said. "It's a matter of consistency with him and he's learning."

    Parker, 20, said he's benefitted from the addition of Kerr, a 15-year veteran, to the Spurs this season.

    "He's got the experience and he's a very good shooter," Parker said. "Every time he's got a wide-open 3-point shot, I try to find him. He was huge for us tonight."

    Duncan, who also had nine rebounds and six assists, pointed out Parker made only one turnover in the second half after having five in the first half.

    "I think the key to us playing and winning games is taking care of the ball," he said.

    The Sonics were disappointed in their own performance, which dropped their record to 6-8 at the Key Arena. They're 0-8 when their opponent scores more than 100 points.

    "We get paid to play hard every night," Seattle's Jerome James said. "We don't get paid to go out and play like babies. Any time you take an L, it is very, very frustrating. I can't think of anything we did good tonight."

    The Sonics' Kenny Anderson tried to be more positive.

    "Growing pains, really," Anderson said when asked why the Sonics were losing now after getting off to an 8-2 start. "We just have to try to get everybody on the same page."

    San Antonio matched its previous biggest lead, 14, when Steve Smith connected with two free throws after being fouled by Mason with 1:30 to go in the third quarter to made it 75-61. The Spurs were ahead 77-68 at the end of the quarter as the Sonics were limited to 17 points in the period, shooting 7-for-18.

    Trailing 42-30 after a fast-break layup by Emanual Ginobili with 6:25 left in the first half, the Sonics went on an 18-2 run to go ahead 48-44 with 40.4 seconds remaining. Mason scored nine of the points. Seattle led 51-49 at halftime.

    The Spurs got two 3-pointers each from Bruce Bowen and Smith in the final 3:35 of the first quarter to lead 27-18.

    "I think all of us are frustrated," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "The bottom line is that we have to get it together and find a way to get this thing going in the right direction before it just snowballs out of control."

    Game notes
    McMillan gave C Vitaly Potapenko his first start of the season, replacing Predrag Drobnjak at center. It was Potapenko's ninth game of the season after missing the first 24 games while rehabilitating from left knee surgery. He had eight points and nine rebounds. Drobnjak, averaging 10.1 points, scored four points in nine minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 106 95
    FGM-FGA 37-75 (.493) 36-77 (.468)
    3PM-3PA 9-16 (.563) 7-13 (.538)
    FTM-FTA 23-30 (.767) 16-20 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-37 13-36
    Assists 19 21
    Turnovers 18 21
    Steals 10 11
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 5 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 26 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 23
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Gary Payton Payton
    Points: 18
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0