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Duncan Carries Spurs; Absent Manu, Parker
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 7, 2013 @ 8:14 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Considering Tony Parker left Oklahoma City on Thursday with practically every part of his anatomy aching, there was little question he’d skip Saturday night’s game against Atlanta with an injury.
The only question was which one.
Officially, it turned out to be a sore neck that left the Spurs without their All-Star point guard against Hawks, but it could have been a sore ankle, sore finger, sore shin or sore knee.
“He’s been banged up all year,” small forward Stephen Jackson said. “He’s been carrying us all year, so I can see that.”
Even without Parker, the Spurs had just enough to beat back a Hawks’ team down four starters of its own, hanging on for a 99-97 victory at the AT&T Center.
Tim Duncan tallied 31 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, Kawhi Leonard chipped in 23 points, and the Spurs (57-20) clinched their third consecutive Southwest Division crown.
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