Trans. Mar 7 10:12 ET (Mar 7 10:12 ET ) The San Antonio Spurs just handed the two-time defending NBA champions their most lopsided loss of the season, and two more top-flight opponents await in a difficult back-to-back next week. Don't expect the Spurs to overlook the last-place Orlando Magic in between. No team has been better at handling the league's bottom feeders than the Spurs, who look to push their winning streak to six Saturday night as they continue their pursuit of the Western Conference's top seed. San Antonio (45-16) has withstood periodic absences from Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili to again hover near the top of the West, where they're currently just a half-game behind Oklahoma City.
Tim Duncan tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds to power San Antonio to a 111-87 victory over Miami in a rematch of the two NBA finalists from last season. Tony Parker on Thursday finished with 17 points and four assists for the Spurs who snapped their five game regular season losing streak against the Heat. Miami beat the Spurs 113-101 on January 26 at home in the first meeting between the clubs since the Heat beat San Antonio last season to win their second consecutive league title.
Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed against the Miami Heat, weathering a sluggish third quarter for an intense and emotional 111-87 victory Thursday. Tony Parker scored 17 points, including 14 in a wild first half, Boris Diaw added 16 and Kawhi Leonard had 11 for San Antonio, which has won five straight. Chris Bosh had 24 points, LeBron James added 19, Dwyane Wade had 16 and Michael Beasley 11 for Miami.
Tony Parker was quiet vs. the Cavs on Tuesday, making 3-of-11 from the field for seven points, one board, five assists and two turnovers in 22 minutes.
The Scoop:After a stellar 10-of-15 shooting on Sunday in his return, Parker couldn't get anything going in a friendly matchup. He seemed to be fine and was getting in the lane all night to get the Spurs offense going, but the shots just weren't dropping. He'll get a chance to turn it around at home against the Heat on Thursday.