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Parker-powered Spurs sweep into the NBA Finals

AFP, MEMPHIS, Tennessee

Parker was struck in the face by the left hand of Gasol as he launched a missed shot. While the Frenchman crumpled to the court, Gasol stopped to check on him even as his Memphis teammates scored without him.

After a quick trip to the locker room, Parker returned to the Spurs bench and went back into the game, hitting a jumper to lift San Antonio ahead 89-81 with 4:13 to play.

Pondexter hit two free throws and Randolph added another to pull Memphis within 89-84, then a turnover by Parker set up a Gasol jumper that cut San Antonio’s lead to 89-86 with 48 seconds remaining, but Parker answered with four free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory for the Spurs.

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