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Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

Parker takes center stage to lift Spurs past Hawks

AP

ATLANTA — With Tim Duncan given a night off and Manu Ginobili still out with a hamstring injury, Tony Parker took the lead for the San Antonio Spurs.

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Turned around: Spurs guard Tony Parker competes with the Hawks' Kyle Korver on Sunday in Atlanta. San Antonio won 98-93 AP

Parker had 23 points and 12 assists, and the Spurs held off the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 98-93 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

"Tony is just incredible," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "What competitiveness. What a will to win. What a will to carry the team. He's really fun to watch at both ends of the court. And he's been doing that all year."

The Spurs snapped a streak of three straight road losses with their first win away from San Antonio since Jan. 2.

Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each had 14 for the Spurs.

Parker had 10 points in the final period as the Spurs held off the Hawks' comeback. He was effective with his drives and when setting up Splitter on pick-and-roll plays.

"In the fourth quarter I was trying to be aggressive and take more shots and at the same time still find Tiago on the roll," Parker said. "It worked out pretty well tonight.

"That's what I do best. I go to the paint and try to create, and if I feel comfortable when I go to the basket, I always feel like I can get a shot up. I've been doing that my whole life."

The Hawks began the game with a new depth problem in their backcourt. The problem reached crisis level in the second half.

The Hawks announced about 90 minutes before the game that guard Lou Williams faces season-ending surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee. Williams was hurt Friday at Brooklyn and the tear was found when Williams was examined on Saturday by Dr. Michael Bernot in Atlanta.

Then the Hawks lost guard Devin Harris to a sprained left ankle early in the final period. Harris didn't return from the locker room after having the ankle taped.

Hawks coach Larry Drew said he had "no idea" on the severity of Harris' injury. Harris was hobbling in the locker room after the game, unable to put weight on his left foot.

"We are down to one point guard," Drew said, referring to Jeff Teague.

"We're certainly going to have to talk about getting some more bodies in here because we are depleted."

Grizzlies 85, Bulls 82 (OT)

In Chicago, Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had 13 points and 19 rebounds, and Memphis beat the Bulls in overtime.

Clippers 94, Wizards 87

In Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Clippers hung on to beat pesky Washington for their 24th win in 27 games.

Warriors 116, Hornets 112

In New Orleans, Klay Thompson had a season-high 29 points, Jarrett Jack scored seven of his 25 in the final minute and Golden State beat the Hornets.

Bucks 110, Trail Blazers 104

In Portland, Brandon Jennings had 30 points and eight assists, Ersan Ilyasova added 27 points and 14 rebounds, and the Bucks beat the Blazers to wrap up a 3-1 road trip.

Timberwolves 92, Rockets 79

In Minneapolis, Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale signed 10-day contracts with Minnesota on Saturday morning, then scored the first 23 points of the fourth quarter.

Kings 97, Bobcats 93

In Charlotte, Marcus Thornton scored 18 points off the bench, Tyreke Evans came up big down the stretch, and Sacramento held on to beat the Bobcats for its third win in four games.

Jazz 109, Cavaliers 98

In Salt Lake City, Randy Foye scored 20 points, Derrick Favors had a season-high 19.



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