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San Antonio waylays Houston in Q4 to tie series but loses Parker to injury

Tony Parker's injury could be a potential series-changer. (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The San Antonio Spurs bounced back from a stinging Game 1 defeat in style, blowing out the Houston Rockets, 121-96, in Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference semifinal clash at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Thursday (Philippine Time).

San Antonio started the final frame with a flurry, outscoring Houston, 28-5, to pull away for good.

However, it may have come at a price as star point guard Tony Parker left the game with a left knee injury. An MRI is schedule for the extent of the injury, but Parker could be out for Game 3 in Houston on Saturday (Philippine Time).

Parker was solid prior to the injury, contributing 18 points to backstop Kawhi Leonard's 34. Leonard actually put impressive numbers with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and one block.

Ryan Anderson had 18 points for the Rockets in a game where James Harden was limited to 13 markers on 3-of-17 shooting.

Harden, despite the struggles, still came close to a triple-double with 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Toronto 103 Cleveland 125

In Cleveland, the Cavaliers drubbed the Toronto Raptors, 125-103, in Game 2 of their East semis affair.

LeBron James led Cleveland with 39 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks en route to a 2-0 league quarterfinal lead.

Jonas Valanciunas tallied 23 markers and five rebounds for Toronto, which will host Games 3 and 4.

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