LOS ANGELES - Tony Parker exploded for an NBA season-high 55 points to fire the San Antonio Spurs to a 129-125 double overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, their first win of the campaign.
Tony Parker (R)of the San Antonio Spurs moves the ball around Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game on November 5, 2008 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. [Agencies]
The All-Star point guard recorded nine of his career-high total in the second overtime session which the Spurs took 13-9 to edge Minnesota and avoid falling to 0-4.
Parker finished 22-for-36 from the field and collected 10 assists and seven rebounds.
Tim Duncan had 30 points and 16 rebounds and new acquisition Roger Mason added 26 for San Antonio which was without All-Star guard Manu Ginoboli due to an ankle injury.
Power forward Al Jefferson recorded 30 points and 14 rebounds, including a short go-ahead bucket with two seconds remaining in overtime, before Parker followed with a 20-footer to tie the game and force an extra session.
The Spurs led 102-97 with 2:16 left in regulation but Minnesota battled back to 106-106, sending the game into overtime.
Minnesota guard Mike Miller collected 25 points and five 3-pointers as the T-Wolves fell to 1-3.