NBA: San Antonio 99, Phoenix 96

Nov. 7, 2013 at 12:10 AM

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Tony Parker struggled early and was dominant late Wednesday, scoring San Antonio's final 6 points in a 99-96 victory over Phoenix.

Parker went 2-of-8 from the field during the opening three periods and managed only five points before hitting the key shots down the stretch that brought the Spurs their fourth win in five games to open the season.

The Suns took a one-point lead with 1:45 to play, but Parker put the Spurs back in front with a jumper that came 17 seconds later.

A layup by Miles Plumlee again pushed Phoenix ahead and Parker responded with a jumper for a 97-96 San Antonio advantage with 37 seconds left.

After a Phoenix miss, a layup from Parker boosted the Spurs' cushion to three points. San Antonio then survived missed 3-point tries by both Eric Bledsoe and Gerald Green in the closing seconds.

Parker finished with 20 points while Danny Green added 19 and Tim Duncan had 17.

Markieff Morris came off the bench to lead the Suns with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

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