MINNEAPOLIS Tony Parker scored a career-high 55 points, including a 20-footer at the buzzer to force a second overtime, in the San Antonio Spurs' 129-125 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
After Al Jefferson backed down Tim Duncan and sank a turnaround hook to put Minnesota up 116-114 with 2 1/2 seconds left in the first overtime, Parker took the inbounds pass, dribbled right, pump-faked once and let the ball fly.
San Antonio won for the first time in four games this season, and picked up its sixth straight win and 11th in the last 12 meetings against Minnesota.
Parker scored six of his team's first eight points in the second overtime to stretch the lead to four, though Randy Foye made a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the lead to one. The Spurs rebounded a pair of missed jumpers, before Parker finally went to the line with 19 seconds left and made it 128-125.
That gave Parker the highest scoring output by any individual opponent in the Wolves' 20-year history. Shaquille O'Neal had 53 points for Orlando in 1994.
Parker was 22-of-36 from the field and added 10 assists and seven rebounds.
Mike Miller had 12 of his 25 points in the first quarter for Minnesota.
SUNS 113, PACERS 103: At Indianapolis, Amare Stoudemire scored 49 points for Phoenix, falling a point short of his career high. Stoudemire was 17-for-21 from the field, made 15 free throws without a miss and had 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals. He missed his career high of 50 points, set against Portland on Jan. 2, 2005. Boris Diaw added 14 points for the Suns (4-1). T.J. Ford and Danny Granger each scored 23 points, and Marquis Daniels added 19 for the Pacers (1-2).
CAVALIERS 107, BULLS 93: At Cleveland, LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points 15 on free throws and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland. James, who briefly left the floor in the first quarter after twisting his left ankle, missed just once from the line. In his past two games, James, who has struggled with his touch from 15 feet throughout his career, has made 28 of 31 free throws.
PISTONS 100, RAPTORS 93: at Toronto, Tayshaun Prince scored 16 of his 27 points in the second quarter, and Richard Hamilton had 22 to help Detroit improve to 4-0. Allen Iverson was unavailable for Detroit because Chauncey Billups, one of three players traded to Denver in exchange for Iverson, hadn't completed his physical.
KNICKS 101, BOBCATS 98: At New York, Zach Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Nate Robinson scored all 24 of his points in the first half, and New York ruined former Knicks coach Larry Brown's first game back at Madison Square Garden. Wilson Chandler added 18 points and Jamal Crawford had 14 of his 16 in the second half for the Knicks. Raymond Felton scored 18 points and Jason Richardson had 17 for the Bobcats, 1-3 in their first season under Brown.
HEAT 106, 76ERS 83: At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, Mario Chalmers set a franchise record with nine steals, and Miami scored 12 straight points in the fourth quarter. Wade added seven rebounds and six assists. Miami forced 26 turnovers matching the most in the NBA this season and moved to 2-0 at home for the first time since 2004.
CELTICS 96, THUNDER 83: At Oklahoma City, Paul Pierce had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Ray Allen scored 18 points for Boston. Kevin Garnett added 17 points and eight rebounds, Kendrick Perkins had 10 points and nine rebounds and Rajon Rondo had 11 assists for the Celtics. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 17 points, but was 6-for-15 from the field.
HAWKS 87, HORNETS 79: At New Orleans, Joe Johnson scored 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks made 12 3-pointers to improve to 3-0 and drop New Orleans to 3-1. Reserve Flip Murray added 14 points, hitting a pair of 3s in the fourth quarter, including one as the shot clock expired during a 14-2 surge that put Atlanta in the lead for good. Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists for New Orleans.2 comments on this story
BUCKS 112, WIZARDS 104, OT: At Milwaukee, Richard Jefferson scored 32 points, rookie Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 17 and Milwaukee overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Ramon Sessions added 22 points for Milwaukee. Caron Butler scored 27 points for winless Washington.
KINGS 100, GRIZZLIES 95: At Sacramento, Kevin Martin scored 33 points and John Salmons had 21 points and nine rebounds in the Sacramento Kings' first victory of the season, 100-95 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night in the NBA's final home opener. Spencer Hawes had 13 points before fouling out for Sacramento, which opened the season by losing at every stop on a difficult four-game trip.
LAKERS 106, CLIPPERS 88: At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, and the unbeaten Los Angeles Lakers used a 22-0 run in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers, giving them six straight wins over their crosstown rivals. Cuttino Mobley scored five straight points to give the Clippers an 81-79 lead with 8:16 remaining when the Lakers suddenly took command.
WARRIORS 111, NUGGETS 101: At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Jackson had 29 points and seven assists and the Golden State Warriors overcame a poor first quarter and some sloppy second-half play to beat Denver. Jackson scored during a 6-0 burst by Golden State after J.R. Smith's 3-pointer with 8:32 remaining gave the Nuggets a 90-89 lead and also hit a 20-footer with 1:28 left. Carmelo Anthony had 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Nuggets, who couldn't do enough on offense without departed playmaker Allen Iverson despite jumping out to a quick 17-4 lead behind seven points from Dahntay Jones.