The San Antonio Spurs got out to a big lead early against the Sacramento Kings yesterday, and then they held on.
The Spurs fended off several second-half runs by the high-scoring Kings on their way to a 108-100 victory. The win was San Antonio's 12th in the last 13 games.
Tony Parker matched his career high with 32 points, 19 of them coming in the opening quarter, 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."
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 points off the bench. "He played like an all-star. . . . He's the future of their team."
* MAVERICKS 114, GRIZZLIES 87: Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, 10 during a decisive 13-0 third-quarter run, and Eduardo Najera and Adrian Griffin came off the bench to spark host Dallas, which completed a four-game season sweep of Memphis.
Griffin, activated off the injured list earlier in the day, went 8 for 8 for 17 points to help the Mavericks end a two-game losing streak.
Najera, back in the rotation after sitting out a one-game suspension for bumping a game official earlier in the week, contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.
"Eddie and Adrian had big games," Mavericks guard Steve Nash said. "It was nice to have them back. No offense to that team, but this was a difficult game to get up for. It wasn't pretty for us starting out. But we did a good job finishing them off."
* HORNETS 97, SUNS 92: In Phoenix, Jamal Mashburn scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and New Orleans extended its winning streak to six.
The Hornets have outrebounded 14 straight opponents, including a 56-33 advantage against the Suns. They had more defensive rebounds (38) than Phoenix's total.
"We've been doing that consistently after the all-star break, and we're really continuing to eat the glass," said Mashburn. "That's a part of defense itself when the other team doesn't get the opportunity to score."
* WARRIORS 92, PISTONS 90: Gilbert Arenas scored 26 points to lead Golden State at home and extend Detroit's losing streak to six games.
Corliss Williamson scored 33 points and Chauncey Billups scored 31 to lead the Pistons, but no other player reached double figures.
* SUPERSONICS 109, CLIPPERS 101: In Los Angeles, Ray Allen scored a season-high 40 points and Predrag Drobnjak added 19 as Seattle matched its longest winning streak of the season at four.