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Parker sizzles once again in French homecoming

Oct 8, 2006 - 4:58 PM PARIS (Ticker) -- Tony Parker once again had a bang in his homecoming.

Parker scored 17 of his 27 points in the first half as the San Antonio Spurs coasted to a 97-84 victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv in an NBA Europe Live preseason contest.

The All-Star point guard, returning from a finger injury that forced him to miss the World Championships, shot 10-of-16 from the field in 28 minutes.

It was another strong effort for Parker, who netted 26 points in a 115-90 win over Adecco Asvel Lyon on Thursday.

With actress girlfriend Eva Longoria sitting courtside, Parker did have an embarrassing moment in the third quarter, when he stole a pass and went in for a fast-break dunk but missed, failing to clear the ball over the rim.

Tim Duncan added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Manu Ginobili and Matt Bonner scored 10 points each for the Spurs, who built a 48-32 halftime lead. Overall, San Antonio shot 51 percent (39-of-77).

American native Jamie Arnold led the Israeli club with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Former NBA players Rodney Buford and Will Bynum scored eight points each for Maccabi Tel Aviv, which has reached the Euroeleague Final Four three straight years, winning the title in 2004 and 2005 before losing to CSKA Moscow a year ago.