Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Sunday, November 26th
Game 2: Saturday, February 24th
Game 3: Sunday, March 25th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 3rd

Spurs 98

(11-3, 7-0 away)

SuperSonics 78

(6-9, 2-5 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    6:00 PM ET, November 26, 2006

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 25 24 22 2798
    SEA 21 18 24 1578

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 18 Pts, 16 Reb, 6 Ast

    Sea: R. Allen 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Spurs drive past Sonics, remain unbeaten on the road

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Tony Parker was blunt in his own assessment. For three quarters, he did very little to help San Antonio.

    Parker's nearly perfect fourth quarter, however, kept the Spurs perfect away from home.

    Elias Says
    Fabricio Oberto
    Fabricio Oberto continued his torrid shooting, going 7-for-8 from the field to score 16 points in the Spurs' 98-78 win at Seattle. San Antonio improved its record to 7-0 on the road, and Oberto has been a factor. He has made 26 of 33 field-goal attempts in the Spurs' seven road games (79 percent).

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    Parker scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Spurs improved to 7-0 on the road with a 98-78 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday night.

    "I was just trying to be aggressive," Parker said. "The first three quarters, I didn't get a lot of shots so I was just trying to make something happen."

    After sitting for nearly seven minutes, Parker re-entered with 9:14 left and the Spurs' lead down to 74-71. Determined to be more aggressive, Parker scored 10 of the 13 points in a 13-2 run that turned the close game into a rout.

    The Spurs are the only unbeaten road team left in the NBA, and the fourth team in the last 10 years to start 7-0 or better on the road. The Spurs will be tested twice more on their current three-game road trip -- Monday night at Golden State and Wednesday in Utah.

    Seattle made it interesting for three quarters, before Parker took over, a message he got from coach Gregg Popovich.

    "He told me to be more aggressive," Parker said. "Basically I was doing nothing for three quarters, so he wanted me to shoot more."

    Parker made 6 of 7 shots in the fourth, scoring three times driving in the lane and three times on jumpers. The Spurs outscored Seattle 27-15 and improved upon the best road start in franchise history. San Antonio has won 12 straight regular season road games dating back to last season.

    Tim Duncan scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and made team history, despite the efforts of Seattle's defense. The eight-time All-Star became the third Spurs' player to eclipse 15,000 points in his career, joining David Robinson and George Gervin. Duncan needed 10 points, and reached 15,000 when Nick Collison was called for goaltending on Duncan's short jumper with 2:05 left in the first half.

    Fabricio Oberto also made a significant contribution with 16 points, including San Antonio's first 10 of the second half.

    "He's so intelligent as a player. He doesn't get enough credit for that," Duncan said of Oberto. "He's not going to jump over anybody or do anything like that. He will find open spots and will make the right play just about every time."

    Ray Allen led Seattle with 21 points and Collison added 15 off the bench, but the Sonics' were held to a season-low 78 points and Rashard Lewis was held to season-low eight points, 15 below his average.

    Afterward, Seattle coach Bob Hill was extremely frustrated with the play of his bench.

    "There is no help for the first group," Hill said. "Our first group missed a lot of shots around the basket because of their length, which has been a problem for us. And as soon as we go to the bench, it's just a struggle to score points."

    Aside from Collison, Seattle got 10 points from its reserves. Earl Watson made just 1 of 8 shots.

    The Spurs were without Manu Ginobili, bothered by a lower back contusion suffered in the third quarter of Friday's loss against Dallas. Brent Barry picked up some of the scoring slack with all 12 of his points in the first half.

    Oberto dominated his matchup with Seattle's Johan Petro, scoring San Antonio's first 10 points of the second half. Oberto scored off perfect passes from Duncan and Parker, then knocked down a 9-foot jumper as the shot clock expired to give the Spurs a 57-41 lead two minutes into the half.

    "He knows how to play the position and Timmy is really enjoying playing with him," Popovich said.

    Luke Ridnour added 11 for Seattle, including a basket from his knees in the third quarter. Ridnour lost his footing driving into the lane, gained control of the ball and tossed in a 5-footer.

    Game Notes
    Seattle fell to 2-5 at home. ... Popovich doesn't expect Ginobili to play Monday in Golden State, but is hopeful he'll be ready for Wednesday's game in Utah. ... Two other teams in the last 10 years started 7-0 on the road _ Dallas in 2002 and Indiana in 2003. Houston started 8-0 in 1996. The NBA record is held by the New York Knicks, who won their first 12 to start the 1969-70 season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 78
    FGM-FGA 41-78 (.526) 33-86 (.384)
    3PM-3PA 7-15 (.467) 1-10 (.100)
    FTM-FTA 9-11 (.818) 11-16 (.688)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-48 16-34
    Assists 25 17
    Turnovers 18 11
    Steals 6 11
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 13 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (1/0) 13 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 20 2

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 18
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 21
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1