Tony Parker Notches Career High in Assists as Spurs Outlast Grizzlies in Game 2

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 21:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts in the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 21, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tony Parker led the San Antonio Spurs in a squeaker over the Memphis Grizzlies, a 93-89 Game 2 overtime win, thanks in part to his career-high 18 assists.

Tony Parker's 18 assists are tied for 2nd-most in Spurs playoff history, 2 shy of Johnny Moore's 20 in 1983.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 22, 2013

All night long, Parker was finding open shooters and streaking slashers, with shot after shot falling for the first three quarters.

San Antonio's second quarter was an amazing all-around performance, with the team notching an assist on each of its 11 field goals in the quarter. Parker was able to pick up six of those 11 assists, but somehow that wasn't the most impressive stretch from the Frenchman on the evening.

Perhaps most impressive, San Antonio came up with 11 field goals in the third quarter, 10 of which involved Parker. Parker assisted on the first eight, scored the next two and then Manu Ginobili came home with a selfish layup with four seconds left in the quarter.

In all, Parker had a hand in 24 consecutive points.

He had 16 assists after that eight-dime third, but his teammates suddenly stopped making shots in the fourth.

Zero assists came Parker's way in the period as the Spurs scored just nine points.

Parker, not generally known for putting up huge assist numbers (he averages six per game in his career and 7.6 per game this season) actually set his previous career-high earlier last season.

He picked up 17 assists in a two-point win over the New Orleans Hornets late last January, marking just the third time in his career that he surpassed the 15-assist mark.

With a dime dropped to Tim Duncan on the first play of overtime in San Antonio's playoff win, Parker was able to tie that mark, and another dish to Duncan to give the Spurs a four-point lead with a minute remaining put him in uncharted territory.