Tony Parker set to play against Suns
SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will play Friday night against the Phoenix Suns after missing the previous two games with a back injury.
San Antonio veterans Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will both sit out the second game of a back-to-back for rest.
Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Ginobili added 10 points and seven assists in the Spurs’ 109-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. Patty Mills had 26 points and six assists starting in place of Parker.
The victory pulled San Antonio (61-18) within a game of clinching the top seed in the Western Conference and moved Phoenix percentage points ahead of Dallas for seventh place.
The Suns (47-31) have won nine of 11 to surge back into the playoff picture after dropping three straight in mid-March.
The Spurs lost to Minnesota on Tuesday to split their games in Parker’s absence.
The All-Star guard left San Antonio’s 112-92 home victory over Memphis late in the first quarter Sunday after taking a hard fall as he drove the lane. After landing squarely on his back near the free throw line, he played for another 5 minutes before exiting with 2:41 remaining in the opening quarter.
Parker leads the team in both scoring (16.8 points) and minutes played (29.7) this season.