Tony Parker emerged the star player on Thursday night when the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-90, according to a Feb. 22 CBSSports.com report. Feeling a tad bit energized and rejuvenated after the All-Star break, the Spurs, with the help of Parker’s 31 points came out swinging with their second victory since the end of the break and fifth in a row.
“Tony's been a huge part of us playing that well. He's been the one who is most consistent,” said Tim Duncan, who had nine points. “Everything kind of clicked together. We made a lot of shots. They just couldn't get their footing.” Clippers coach and former Spurs player Vinny Del Negro concurred on everything clicking for the Spurs. “It was a complete butt-kicking from the start in every way you can count,” he said.
Parker reportedly “had seven assists and no turnovers in 28 minutes and Danny Green added 15 points.” The team’s coach was a little more guarded with this tone. “We're not that good and they're not that bad,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I think it's because we already played one. Too long of a layoff [for the Clippers].”
According to Yahoo! Sports News’ Dan Devine, TNT analyst Charles Barkley was so impressed that he called Parker the “best point guard in the NBA” That’s a huge honor and fellow commentator Kenny Smith agreed. But Barkley took it to the next level with “This guy first of all, he should be the MVP,” Barkley said. “Listen, LeBron [James] is the best player. Kevin Durant's probably a better player. But when we've been voting on the MVP the last 25 years, we gave it to the guy who had the best record on the best team. Tony Parker should be the MVP.”
Clippers team playesrs took the loss in stride. Blake Griffin acknowledged that that these things happen, but acknowledged that it was humbling. “It's very humbling, but it happens,” Griffin said. “There's going to be games where you feel like nothing's going your way, so we need to get back to what made us successful against San Antonio. We've got to have a good practice tomorrow, go over our mistakes and bounce back against Utah on Saturday.”
MVP Chris Paul was more succinct, “They just beat us, beat us bad,” Paul said. “Luckily it wasn't a Game 7 or our last game of the season. They came out and executed. Tony was in a rocking chair all night. We just let him go wherever he wanted to, and we never really could get going offensively. It's a very humbling loss.”
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