Tony Parker Drive point Helps Spurs Beat Clippers 'He Matured as a Player'
By Staff Writer | February 22, 2013 07:17 PM EST
Tony Parker the starting point guard of San Antonio Spurs scored 31 points helping to help beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-90 Thursday night, while outshining All-Star Game MVP and "best point guard in the world" title-holder Chris Paul.
Leading the Spurs for their fifth straight victory and first over Clippers this season, improving to an NBA-best 22-10.
"Tony's been a huge part of us playing that well. He's been the one who is most consistent," said Tim Duncan fellow teammate, who had nine points. "Everything kind of clicked together. We made a lot of shots. They just couldn't get their footing."
"It was a complete butt-kicking from the start in every way you can count," Clippers coach and former Spurs player Vinny Del Negro said.
Parker with seven assists and without a turnover in 28 minutes and Danny Green added 15 points. The West-leading Spurs tied their season best with 59 percent shooting, hit eight 3-pointers and made 22 of 28 free throws. Before this they lost both previous meetings with the Clippers in November.
"We're not that good and they're not that bad," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I think it's because we already played one. Too long of a layoff (for the Clippers)."
"It's only one game. It doesn't mean anything," Parker said. "You have to look at the big picture. We want to win a championship."
"He's really matured as a player," Popovich said. "He just used to be a scoring point guard. Now there's a whole new world out there. He's a complete player," as he mentioned of trying to call a couple of plays, but how Parker overrode him.
Duncan was given short court time logging in just 16, as he will be fresh for tonight's game against the Warriors.
"He was unbelievable," Duncan said. "He just continued to attack, continued to be aggressive, making plays, left and right. It was fun to watch. It was fun to watch the whole team clicking like that and playing such a good game, start to finish."
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