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Parker's 55 lifts Spurs in two OTs

Tony Parker scored a career-high 55 points, including a 20-footer at the buzzer to force a second overtime, in the San Antonio Spurs' 129-125 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night

After Al Jefferson backed down Tim Duncan and sank a turnaround hook to put Minnesota up 116-114 with 2½ seconds left in the first overtime, Parker took the inbounds pass, dribbled right, pump-faked once and let the ball fly. He let a sly smile creep across his normally stone face as the Wolves trudged back to the bench.

Jefferson paused to sit on the scorer's table before play resumed and just shook his head as if to say, "What more can we do?"

San Antonio won for the first time in four games this season.

Parker scored six of his team's first eight points in the second overtime to stretch the lead to four, though Randy Foye made a three-pointer from the corner to cut the lead to one. The Spurs rebounded a pair of missed jumpers, before Parker finally went to the line with 19 seconds left and made it 128-125.

Parker was 22-of-36 from the field and added 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Wednesday's highlights

Pistons 100, Raptors 93: Tayshaun Prince scored 16 of his 27 points in the second quarter, and Richard Hamilton had 22 to help the Pistons beat the host Raptors.

Allen Iverson was unavailable for Detroit because Chauncey Billups, one of three players traded to Denver in exchange for Iverson, hadn't completed his physical with the Nuggets.

Rodney Stuckey added 14 points, and Rasheed Wallace had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit.

Pistons Coach Michael Curry said when Wallace and Hamilton are scoring, Prince sometimes winds up as "the forgotten man," so he decided to give Prince extra rest in the first quarter, then run him out again in the second and make him the offensive focus. The strategy worked perfectly against the Raptors.

"We can feature him a little more during that time," Curry said. "Sometimes we've got to move Tay around with his minutes to make sure we take advantage of him and get him a lot of opportunities to be aggressive."

Suns 113, Pacers 103: Amare Stoudemire scored 49 points, falling a point short of his career high in the visiting Suns' victory over Indiana.

Stoudemire was 17-for-21 from the field, made 15 free throws without a miss and had 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Stoudemire had 21 points in the opening period, shooting 8-for-8 from the field while the rest of the Suns went 3-for-10.

Jazz 103, Trail Blazers 96: Mehmut Okur scored 22 points, Carlos Boozer added 20 — including four in the final 30 seconds, and the Utah Jazz held off the visiting Trail Blazers to stay undefeated.

Brandon Roy, who had 18 points for Portland, sliced the Jazz lead to 97-96 on a drive down the lane in the final minute. Andrei Kirilenko found Boozer for a layup with 29.2 seconds left to reclaim the three-point advantage.

Heat 106, 76ers 83: Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, Mario Chalmers set a franchise record with nine steals, and the Heat scored 12 straight points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Philadelphia.

Wade added seven rebounds and six assists. The Heat forced 26 turnovers — matching the most in the NBA this season — and moved to 2-0 at home for the first time since 2004.

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