Parker splits from Longoria, then keeps Spurs hot
Thursday, November 18, 2010; 12:44 AM
SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker scored 21 points, hours after his Hollywood actress wife filed for divorce, to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 103-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
The Spurs won their eighth straight and improved to 9-1, tying a franchise-best start that even Tim Duncan never saw during any of the four championship runs for the Spurs.
But when Parker arrived at the arena, none of that seemed to matter.
Actress Eva Longoria filed court papers in Los Angeles earlier Wednesday to divorce Parker, citing irreconcilable differences between the "Desperate Housewives" star and the point guard. A swarm of media before the game waited for Parker, who called the divorce a private matter.
Derrick Rose scored 33 points for the Bulls, whose win streak ended at four.
Parker was 9 of 14 from the floor and had seven assists, and when the Spurs emptied their bench with 22.2 seconds left, fans treated the three-time All-Star to a standing ovation.
Parker kept his head down and never smiled.
He seldom did from the time he showed up at AT&T Center, where his night began with a brief but uncomfortable session with a swarm of reporters crowding the hallway outside the Spurs' locker room. It was only hours earlier that Longoria had filed for divorce, ending a celebrity marriage that began with a storybook wedding in Paris in 2007.
"It's a difficult time right now for me and Eva," Parker said before the game. "We got a joint statement and everything else is our private life."
The Spurs trailed 47-37 at halftime but stunned the Bulls with a 37-point third quarter in which San Antonio shot 71 percent. Meanwhile, Chicago missed six of 23 shots and scored just 12 points, a season low for any quarter.
Manu Ginobili scored 20 points and Duncan had 16 points and 18 rebounds for the Spurs, who last opened 9-1 in 1981 during the George Gervin era.
Luol Deng scored 18 points for the Bulls, but on 6 of 17 shooting. Joakim Noah had 10 points and 14 rebounds.