MMPG: Player of the Week
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
The guy who makes the game-winning shot is always cast as the hero, so it's understandable that Roger Mason Jr. will be remembered for drilling a 3-pointer as time expired to give San Antonio a 91-90 Christmas Day victory in Phoenix. But the guy delivering the pass -- after driving inside and drawing both Grant Hill and Jason Richardson to get Mason open -- was none other than Tony Parker.
Parker finished with a game-high 27 points against Phoenix, giving his team a late 88-84 lead with a layup and an 18-foot jumper. In three wins last week against Minnesota, Phoenix and Memphis, Parker averaged 31 points, 7 assists and 3.7 rebounds. He scored 32 points in a 106-103 double-overtime win against the Grizzlies. Parker saved the Spurs several times in that win, scoring their final seven points of regulation, giving San Antonio a lead in overtime, and hitting two big jumpers in the second overtime.
Parker missed nine games with a sprained ankle, but ever since he's returned, the Spurs have gone 12-4. They have won five in a row and 11 of their past 13 games, with Parker leading them in scoring nine times during that stretch. Parker is averaging 27.4 points, 7.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds the past five games.
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