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Parker leads Spurs to fifth straight win in rout of Sonics

Feb 25, 2007 - 5:20 AM SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- All-Star Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs continue to roll.

Parker scored 21 points in 25 minutes to lead four players in double figures as the Spurs extended their winning streak to five games with a 102-71 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Robert Horry scored a season-high 17 points and Manu Ginobili added 11 and seven rebounds for San Antonio, which has won four straight home games against Seattle.

"We're starting in that direction," said Spurs forward Tim Duncan, who had 15 rebounds and five blocks. "Our consistency is at some points not there, but we're starting in the right direction. It's good to come out of the (All-Star) break playing well."

"Right now, we're trying to take care of these home games especially, and try to get a streak going that way. And as our confidence grows, our game will grow and we'll be good the rest of the season."

Parker poured in 12 second-quarter points during the Spurs' commanding 25-5 burst to close out the first half, grabbing a 56-34 advantage at intermission.

"I got a couple of layups and my outside shot was going," Parker said. "When my outside shot is going, I can do whatever I want. But it's just one game, so I have to be consistent."

"We had a total team effort," Horry said. "You love it when guys are passing the ball and everyone is getting open jumpers. But even though our offense was clicking, our defense was pretty good, also."

San Antonio (38-18) never allowed Seattle to challenge thereafter, outscoring the Sonics, 22-11, in the third period.

"They just had momentum," Seattle coach Bob Hill said. "We couldn't make a shot, and our legs were tired."

Ray Allen was held in check with just 12 points for the Sonics, who shot 33 percent (27-of-80) from the floor and set a season low in points.

"I don't think we played badly," Allen said. "We played the way we wanted to. We just shot the ball poorly. Offensively, we just didn't exist."

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was pleased with Bruce Bowen's defense on Allen, who finished 13 points below his season average.

"He (Bowen) was excellent. He's excellent every night," Popovich said. "He guards usually the biggest scorer on the other team night after night after night. He did an excellent job against a great player."

Sonics forward Rashard Lewis left in the third quarter with a strain in his right ankle. He had missed 22 games from December 23-February 7 with an injured hand.

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