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Around the NBA: Parker scores 39 to lead Duncan-less Spurs past Trail Blazers

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Spurs 99, Trail Blazers 84: With Tim Duncan sidelined for the second consecutive game, Tony Parker scored 39 points and carried host San Antonio.

Duncan is day to day because of a right leg injury. Between Parker's 37 points Tuesday and Wednesday's encore, he has combined for 76 in back-to-back games without Duncan or Manu Ginobili.

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich doesn't know whether Duncan will play Friday against Cleveland. He said Duncan felt better Wednesday, but added that the injury was severe enough that Duncan would have sat had this been a playoff game.

The Trail Blazers have lost five in a row on the road and have lost 11 in a row in San Antonio. Portland's
Greg Oden missed his fifth consecutive game because of a bone chip in his left knee.

Hornets 90, Pistons 87: David West scored 30 points and grabbed two key offensive rebounds on New Orleans' final possession, helping the Hornets hold off visiting Detroit.

With the Hornets leading 88-87, Chris Paul missed two runners in the lane, but West tipped the first rebound to himself and grabbed the second one cleanly. He hit two free throws after being fouled with 6.7 seconds left.

Detroit finished the game without Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace. Iverson aggravated a back strain sustained in Tuesday night's loss to Miami and left late in the first quarter. Wallace was ejected with 7:55 left after picking up his second technical foul in 27 seconds.

With 16 technicals this season, Wallace will be suspended automatically for Friday's game at Orlando.
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