Parker helps Spurs win for 12th time in 13 games


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs got out to a big lead early against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, and then they held on.

The Spurs fended off several second-half runs by the high-scoring Kings on their way to a 108-100 victory. The win was San Antonio's 12th in the last 13 games.

Tony Parker matched his career high with 32 points, 19 of them coming in the opening quarter, to lead the Spurs.

"I was feeling it in the first quarter, and just took advantage,'' said Parker, who was 6-of-7 in the first. "I felt hot.''

Parker's shooting wasn't the only part of his game that hurt the Kings.

"He shot well from the outside, but his runner and his penetration killed us,'' Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said.

Tim Duncan added 18 points and 15 rebounds for San Antonio, but
it was the play of the 20-year-old Parker that was the difference.

"Tony Parker came out ready to play,'' said Sacramento guard
Bobby Jackson, who scored 19 points off the bench. "He played like
an All-Star. ... He's the future of their team.''

Stephen Jackson scored 14 points for the Spurs, Malik Rose had 10 and David Robinson grabbed 12 rebounds.

"This win gets us in the right mindset and focus for the late stretch of the season,'' said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose team travels to Houston for a game Sunday before hosting Phoenix and New Jersey later in the week.

Chris Webber scored 36 points on 17-for-26 shooting for the
Kings, whose five-game winning streak was stopped. Peja Stojakovic
added 20 points, 13 of them in the second half.

San Antonio led by as much as 17 points in the first half and
had a 13-point lead, 84-71, after three quarters.

Webber scored 11 points in the final period, as the Kings twice
trimmed San Antonio's lead to as little as six.

A jump hook by Webber at 5:12 brought Sacramento to within
seven, 91-84. San Antonio then went on a 9-2 run to get its lead
back up to 14 with less than three minutes left.

"We had a few runs, but we couldn't sustain anything,'' Adelman said. "They're a very good team defensively. ... I was shocked we cut it to seven.''

The Kings made one more charge to get as close as 106-100 on Jim Jackson's layup with 8.5 seconds left. Steve Kerr capped the scoring with a pair of free throws.

Webber hit a 17-footer to open the game, giving the Kings their
only lead.

San Antonio was up 10-8 when it went on a 12-3 run over a
3-minute span to lift its lead to double digits.

Parker then got going, scoring 11 of the Spurs' final 13 points
of the quarter to put his team up by as much as 14. At the other
end, Jackson connected on three 3-pointers late in the period as
Sacramento trimmed the deficit to eight.

Duncan went to the bench with his third foul early in the second
quarter, but the Spurs built their lead to 17 with 3:31 left in the
half behind Rose and Kevin Willis, who combined for 12 points on
6-for-9 shooting.

Webber scored 10 in the second for the Kings to finish the half with 17, but Sacramento's other four starters together managed only 15 points in the first two periods while missing 14 of their 19 shots.

Game notes
San Antonio won three of its four games against Sacramento
this season, including both at Arco Arena. ... The Spurs have the
league's best record since Jan. 1 at 21-4. ... Rose has averaged
14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in the last six games. ... The Kings
are 14-8 on the road against Western Conference opponents this
season. ... Sacramento went 8-3 in February, giving the team a
winning record in 19 consecutive months.