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Spurs' 'future' stymies Kings

©Associated Press
March 2, 2003

SAN ANTONIO -- The Spurs got out to a big lead early against Sacramento on Saturday, then they held on.

San Antonio fended off several second-half runs to defeat the Kings 108-100 for its 12th win in 13 games. Tony Parker matched his career high with 32 points, 19 in the first, 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 was not the only part of his game that hurt the Kings. "He shot well from the outside, but his runner and his penetration killed us," 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 off the bench. "He played like an All-Star. ... He's the future of their team."

Chris Webber scored 36 on 17-for-26 shooting for the Kings, whose five-game winning streak was stopped. San Antonio led by 17 in the first half and 84-71 after three quarters. Webber scored 11 in the fourth, as the Kings twice trimmed the lead to six.

WIZARDS 101, BULLS 93: Juan Dixon stole the spotlight in Michael Jordan's last game against Chicago. In a game that had seven technical fouls, Dixon made his first league start and led the Wizards with 27 points and six rebounds. Chicago fell to a league-worst 3-30 on the road.

Dixon, a rookie out of Maryland, also drew a shove from Donyell Marshall that got Marshall ejected. Marshall had two of three Chicago technicals during a game-deciding 19-2 Wizards run late in the third. Chicago's Tyson Chandler also was ejected in the fourth after his second technical. The Wizards had two, including coach Doug Collins' first of the season.

Jordan, in his lowest-scoring performance since turning 40 six games ago, had 17 points. Never comfortable playing against his old team, Jordan averaged 15.3 points in six games against the Bulls.

MAVS 114, GRIZZLIES 87: Dirk Nowitzki scored 28, 10 during a decisive 13-0 third-quarter run, as host Dallas completed a four-game season sweep of Memphis. Nowitzki scored 13 and was 3-of-4 from 3-point range during the third. Pau Gasol's 25 points led Memphis, which was without starting center Lorenzen Wright. He returned to Memphis after the death of his 11-month-old daughter. Players wore armbands with Wright's No. 42 in support of the family.

HORNETS 97, SUNS 92: Jamal Mashburn scored 13 of his 23 in the fourth as visiting New Orleans extended its winning streak to six. Phoenix pulled within 93-92 on two free throws by Shawn Marion with 29 seconds left, then Courtney Alexander made an 18-footer for the Hornets. On the Suns' last chance to tie, Joe Johnson missed a jumper, and Alexander made two free throws to seal it.

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