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 2½ seconds left in the first
overtime, Parker took the inbounds pass, dribbled right, pump-faked
once and let the ball fly. He let a sly smile creep across his
normally stone face as the Wolves trudged back to the bench.
Jefferson paused to sit on the scorer's table before play
resumed and just shook his head as if to say, "What more can we
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.
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