Following a career-best performance against Golden State, Parker and the surging Spurs take on the Portland Trail Blazers.
Parker scored a career-high 35 points, including the winning layup with 2.9 seconds left in the second overtime, as San Antonio outlasted the Warriors 136-134 on Sunday in the highest-scoring NBA game this season.
The win was the Spurs’ second straight in double overtime, and second in as many nights. Parker played 99 minutes in the two games and finished the weekend with 62 points, 21 assists and just six turnovers.
“Tony was just stupendous as a leader,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose club won for the eighth time in 10 games. “Both teams showed a lot of character. Both played aggressively at both ends. Where (the players) got the energy to keep going out there, I have no idea.”
San Antonio, which beat the Los Angeles Clippers 125-124 on Saturday night, is the first team to win back-to-back double-OT contests since Vancouver did it on Feb. 16-17, 1999.
Duncan is expected back this week, possibly for Tuesday’s game, after missing 11 games. Ginobili, who scored 40 points against the Clippers, should also return to the lineup. But Nesterovic, who was hurt Saturday, has been placed on the injured list and could be out until the playoffs.
San Antonio is locked in a tight battle with Phoenix for the NBA’s best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
“That’s why nobody gave up tonight,” Parker said. “We want to hang around and try to get that first place if we can.”
The Trail Blazers, who will miss the playoffs for the second straight season after 22 consecutive postseason appearances, snapped several losing streaks Sunday with a 90-81 road victory over the Hornets.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Portland, which had lost seven straight overall, 10 in a row on the road and four consecutive to New Orleans. The Trail Blazers won for just the third time in 23 games and avoided their longest losing streak of the season.
“Losing beats you down,” Abdur-Rahim said. “It feels good to win. It’s good for everybody.”
Damon Stoudamire played with a bruised left shoulder and finished with 19 points, and Ruben Patterson added 16 for the Blazers, who haven’t won back-to-back games since a three-game win streak from Feb. 2-5.