Ginobili, Parker help Spurs crush SonicsMar 26, 2007 - 4:52 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- After demolishing the Seattle Supersonics twice already this season, Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs took their domination to another level.
Ginobili scored 19 points off the bench and Parker scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half as the Spurs posted a 120-79 rout of the Supersonics.
It was the seventh loss in the last nine games for Seattle, which already had suffered a pair of blowout losses to San Antonio by a combined total of 51 points.
Ginobili killed the Supersonics from the outside, knocking down 5-of-9 3-pointers.
"We moved the ball really well," Ginobili said. "Their zone did not match up well because they were so concerned with Duncan down low. That gave me wide-open looks and I just made them."
The Sonics sunk to a new low Sunday, matching the fourth-worst defeat in team history. It was the Sonics' worst loss since a 41-point drubbing at the hands of Washington on November 11, 2005.
Tim Duncan had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Jacque Vaughn added 13 off the bench for San Antonio (49-20), which is one victory shy of its eighth consecutive 50-win campaign.
"We just found ways to get in their seams and that worked for a little while," Duncan said. "All of a sudden shots started falling for us and that opened it up a little bit."
Parker shot 6-of-9 from the field as San Antonio led by seven at the end of the first quarter, 13 at halftime, and 16 at the end of the third period.
"I thought our defense was pretty solid," Parker said. Our rotation was good. Overall on offense we shot the ball well and hit the open shots."
The Spurs outscored the Sonics, 39-14, in the final period.
The Sonics (27-42) also learned they will have to close out their disappointing season without leading scorer Ray Allen.
"We started the third quarter alright, but midway through the third quarter the game was out of reach," Sonics coach Bob Hill said. "There's a lot of pressure on Rashard Lewis when Ray isn't here, so if he doesn't provide some offense for us, then there is a chance of us doing what you just saw. It was a tough performance."
Seattle announced Sunday that Allen will miss the remainder of the campaign with bone spurs in his left ankle.
"We caught a huge break with a great player like Ray Allen being out," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I know that affects a lot of things. If you took Tim Duncan off the floor for us we wouldn't be the same team either."
"It wasn't a good game for us," Sonics guard Luke Ridnour said. "Ray's a great player, but we've got to finish the season."
Ridnour scored 16 points and Chris Wilcox added 14 and nine rebounds for the Sonics, who shot 37 percent (26-of-71) and have dropped four straight games to the Spurs and five of the last six meetings between the Western Conference teams.
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