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Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010

Parker sends Spurs past lowly Wizards

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tony Parker and the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs pushed aside the short-handed Washington Wizards before turning their attention to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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To the hoop: Spurs guard Tony Parker drives past Wizards rookie guard John Wall on Sunday in San Antonio. AP PHOTO

Parker had 20 points, 14 assists and six rebounds to help the Spurs beat the Wizards 94-80 on Sunday night.

"Tony ran the show tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He was the guy. He and Manu were fantastic, not just scoring, but keeping everyone together. They were both very, very good."

The Spurs will face the two-time defending champion Lakers on Tuesday night, then play the resurgent Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

"We're playing well, and it's been a long time since we've had everyone healthy," Parker said. "It's a great challenge for our team."

Manu Ginobili had 21 points and George Hill added 11 to help the Spurs improve to 24-6 and rebound from a 123-101 loss to Orlando on Thursday night that snapped their winning streak at 11. The league leaders in 3-point percentage, San Antonio shot 10 of 24 from long range.

Hill returned to the lineup after missing four games because of a sprained right toe.

"I think it started with Tony," Hill said. "He made their defense suck in and he was kicking it out. We fed off that."

Clippers 108, Suns 103

In Los Angeles, rookie Blake Griffin scored 28 points and 12 rebounds for his 18th straight double-double to help the Clippers beat Phoenix for the first time in 10 games.

Eric Gordon scored 24 points, and Baron Davis had 15 points and nine assists. Newly acquired Mickael Pietrus had a season-high 25 points for Phoenix, and Steve Nash finished with 21 points and 15 assists.

Bulls 95, Pistons 92 (OT)

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Derrick Rose added 23 points in Chicago's overtime victory.

Detroit sent the game to overtime when Charlie Villanueva tipped home a missed shot with 0.6 seconds left. The Pistons missed three shots on the possession, but grabbed all three offensive rebounds.

Timberwolves 98, Cavaliers 97

In Cleveland, Michael Beasley scored on a driving layup with 5.9 seconds left and finished with 28 points to help Minnesota end its seven game losing streak.

Hornets 93, Hawks 86

In New Orleans, Chris Paul scored 22 points, 13 in the pivotal third quarter, to lead the Hornets to victory over Atlanta.

Grizzlies 104, Pacers 90

In Indianapolis, Rudy Gay scored 30 points, Zach Randolph had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Memphis beat Indiana to end a three-game losing streak.

76ers 95, Nuggets 89

In Denver, Jrue Holiday scored 22 points, Thaddeus Young added 20 and Philadelphia rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Denver.

College player shot

NEW YORK (AP) Seton Hall University basketball team senior guard Jeremy Hazell was shot and wounded Christmas night by someone who tried to rob him and was taken to a hospital, a school spokesman confirmed on Sunday.

Hazell, who has been away from the basketball court since undergoing wrist surgery Dec. 2 for an injury suffered last month, was kept overnight at a Manhattan hospital as a precaution and was resting at home in Harlem late Sunday, school athletics spokesman Matt Sweeney said.

Hazell was shot under his right arm, but his injuries weren't considered life-threatening, said Sweeney, who didn't go into detail about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

"He was shot Christmas night in his hometown of Harlem after an attempted robbery," Sweeney said in a statement. "He was back home for the holiday."

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