The Stat Line Of The Night – 04/20/09 – Tony Parker

tony-parkerTotal Pro Sports – After losing the first playoff game to the Dallas Mavericks, the San Antonio Spurs were not going to let the Mavs steal another one away from them at home.  From the opening tip of the ball the Spurs never let down and won the game by 21 points 105-84.

The player of the game was San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker who had 38 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in the win over the Mavericks.  Ultimately making him “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Monday April 20th, 2009.

“You want to make sure I’m in attack mode every single play,” Parker said. “Even if it’s not to score, to penetrate for my teammates or make great cuts.”

He did it all against the Mavericks, who head back to Dallas for Game 3 on Thursday night. Dallas was trying to send the Spurs to consecutive home playoff losses for the first time since 2002, but couldn’t contain San Antonio’s speedy point guard.

Parker had 27 points in the first half and finished 16-of-22 from the floor. It was a marked difference from Game 1, when the Mavs let Parker score 24 but made him a non-factor in the second half, when he made just two field goals.

“First of all you have to meet the challenge,” Mavs guard Jason Terry said of guarding Parker. “We had four or five different guys on him.”

It still wasn’t enough. Parker had 19 points in the first quarter alone, equaling the Mavericks’ total.

Parker scores 38, adds eight assists to help Spurs level series – [SportsLine]

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