Printed on: January 26, 2013

Parker returns to lead Spurs past Mavs 113-107


Associated press

DALLAS -- Tony Parker returned from a cut above the same eye he injured in a nightclub incident last summer and scored 23 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 113-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Parker missed about a quarter in the first half when he took three stitches above his left eye after a collision with Elton Brand on a drive. He nearly lost the eye in June when shards of glass embedded in his cornea after he got caught in a bottle-throwing melee in New York.

Tim Duncan stayed home with a sore right knee, but DeJuan Blair made up for his absence by scoring a season-high 22 points.

Rodrigue Beaubois led the Mavericks with a season-high 19 points.

Dallas cut a 15-point deficit to four in the final minute with mostly reserves on the floor, but Nando De Colo hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left to end the threat.

Parker's head collided with Brand's arm on a drive early in the first quarter, and no foul was called.

When he returned early in the second quarter, Parker hit three straight shots and finished the half with 10 points.

The Mavericks was within 10 early in the fourth when Parker hit consecutive layups for a 105-90 lead after a strange sequence that resulted in a technical foul against Dallas coach Rick Carlisle even though officials reversed the call that caused him to complain.

The Spurs finished with seven players in double figures. Neal had 18.

Around the NBA

Heat 110, Pistons 88: At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and sparked a pivotal run to help the Heat earn their fourth victory in a row. The Heat got even for a loss at Detroit on Dec. 28. They improved to 18-3 at home, while the Pistons fell to 4-16 on the road.

Hawks 123, Celtics 111, 2 OT: At Atlanta, Kyle Korver scored 27 points and the Hawks overcame a 27-point deficit in the first half to beat Boston, handing the Celtics their sixth straight loss. Jeff Teague had 23 points for Atlanta before fouling out in the first overtime. Al Horford had 24 points and 13 rebounds. Josh Smith, who opened the second overtime with a three-point play, had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Grizzlies 101, Nets 77: At Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Grizzlies built a 30-point lead in the second half en route to a victory. Gasol was 10 of 15 from the field, all of his points coming in the first half, as Memphis, which had seven players in double figures, won for the fourth time in the past five games.

Bulls 103, Warriors 87: At Chicago, Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 25 points, hitting six of seven three-pointers in the Bulls' victory over the Warriors. Nate Robinson added 22 points off the bench in the Bulls\\\' third straight victory.

Cavaliers 113, Bucks 108: At Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and the Cavaliers rallied from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Bucks. Irving, voted an Eastern Conference reserve for next month\\\'s All-Star Game in Houston on Thursday, scored 16 points in the third quarter to help Cleveland get back in the game.

ROCKETS 100, HORNETS 82: At New Orleans, James Harden had 30 points and Houston broke out of its worst slump of the season by beating New Orleans.

Wizards 114, Timberwolves 101: At Washington, John Wall had 14 points and five assists in his first start of the season, and the no-longer-last Wizards finally hit double digits in wins.

Thunder 105, Kings 95: At Sacramento, Calif., Kevin Durant had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Martin scored 24 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a slow start to overwhelm the Sacramento Kings.