Point guard Tony Parker scored 30 points and dished out 11 assists to lead the red-hot San Antonio Spurs to a 108-102 road victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The Spurs jumped out to a quick lead in Tuesday night's game at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento and appeared to have the contest in the bag until late in the fourth quarter.
The Kings kept battling, however, and managed to cut the lead to three with just under a minute to go, but a field goal by Parker in the final 20 seconds sealed the victory.
Parker's backcourt mate, Danny Green, also had a big game, scoring 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 from 3-point range, while power forward Tim Duncan and reserve guard Manu Ginobili made big contributions on the boards with 14 and 7 rebounds, respectively.
Diminutive point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points to lead the Kings, who also got 20 points from Tyreke Evans and 16 from reserve guard Marcus Thornton in a losing effort.
With the victory, the Spurs have now won four games in a row and 15 of their last 16 and their record stands at a league-best 43-12.
The Kings are well out of playoff contention with a record of 19-36.
In other action on a busy Tuesday night in the NBA, the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 96-88, the Charlotte Bobcats topped the Orlando Magic 105-92, the Brooklyn Nets edged the Milwaukee Bucks 113-111 in overtime, the Memphis Grizzlies cruised past the Detroit Pistons 105-91, and the Chicago Bulls scored a 96-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.
The Denver Nuggets defeated the Boston Celtics 97-90, the Utah Jazz rolled to a comfortable 115-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors, and the Phoenix Suns edged the reeling Portland Trail Blazers 102-98. EFE