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Ginobili hurt in San Antonio win vs. Boston
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On December 16, 2012 @ 10:00 am In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker rose to his feet, pumping his fist in celebration and screaming ”Come on!” as he sprinted to the sideline.
The All-Star point guard wanted to encourage his teammates, but his off-balance layup capping a dominant fourth quarter was inspiration enough.
Parker had 22 points and eight assists to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 103-88 on Saturday night.
Gary Neal added 20 points and Tiago Splitter finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio (19-6), which overcame the loss of Manu Ginobili to improve to 8-2 at home. Danny Green scored 12.
Ginobili departed with a bruised left quad after he ran into Chris Wilcox’s knee on a screen with 2:42 left in the first quarter. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he didn’t have an update on the reserve guard after the game.
Spurs star Tim Duncan had a season-low five points, making Parker’s effort even more important. Duncan had nine rebounds, but was 2 for 13 from the field.
Parker’s layup with 3:35 remaining gave San Antonio a 96-82 lead, leading to his animated celebration and prompting a timeout by Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Both teams pulled their starters a minute later.
”That was an amazing shot,” Neal said. ”It looked like he lost his balance and he was able to still put the spin on it to get it to go in on that. Tony’s a phenomenal player. Through the years I’ve been here, he’s done some phenomenal things.”
Paul Pierce and Jason Terry each scored 18 points for Boston (12-11). Kevin Garnett added 13 points and Courtney Lee had 11.
”(Parker) has been in those situations many times,” Pierce said. ”He understands when to take on the trap. He knows when to get rid of the ball. He has a great in-between game. That is what makes him one of the premiere point guards in the league.”
San Antonio went on a 17-8 run after Boston closed to 79-74 on a three-point play by Lee with 9 minutes remaining.
Parker had nine points, one assist, one rebound and a steal during the run.
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