SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs let one big lead get away but regrouped in time to stop a second one from evaporating in a 106-95 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.
Tony Parker scored 16 of his 19 points during key runs for the Spurs, who reclaimed the lead in the third quarter, then preserved it in the final period.
"Tony has been fantastic all year," said Spurs center David Robinson, who had nine points and seven rebounds. "Early in the season, he was up and down, but now he's starting to settle in. He's the floor leader out there and he's starting to take his role."
The Spurs led by as many as 14 points early in the second quarter but trailed, 51-49, at halftime. The SuperSonics went on a 26-8 surge over an eight-minute stretch that ended 40 seconds before the horn.
"I was pleased with our defense in the first, third and fourth quarters," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Obviously in the second quarter, we didn't do well defensively. For us that's the key - we play good defense and we win ballgames."
San Antonio used a 16-2 burst in the third quarter to rebuild a 75-61 lead with 1:30 left. Parker scored six points during that spurt.
The Sonics chipped away at the deficit until Kenny Anderson hit a jump shot from the right wing with 8:10 left, making it 81-78.
Steve Kerr hit a jump shot 15 seconds later to start the Spurs on a 15-0 run. Parker hit four layups and a jump shot and Kerr added a 3-pointer.
"I made a couple of layups and got my groove back," Parker said. "My confidence was back and then I was more comfortable taking shots."
Gary Payton was close to a triple-double for Seattle, collecting 18 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
Seattle lost its third straight game without starting guard Brent Barry, who is battling left knee tendinitis. One night after allowing Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to shoot an NBA-record 12 3-pointers against them, the Sonics watched the Spurs shoot 56 percent (9-of-16) from the arc.
"For whatever reason, now we're walking around with our heads down," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "We have one or two guys playing well each night and the other guys are standing and watching."
For their part, the Sonics shot 54 percent (7-of-13) on 3-pointers. Desmond Mason made all three of his and scored 18 points. Rashard Lewis, who shot 3-of-7 from the arc, led Seattle with 19 points.