PARIS (Ticker) --
enjoyed a successful homecoming, scoring 19 points to lead the defending NBA champion
San Antonio Spurs
to a 105-93 preseason victory over the
With the spotlight literally on him prior to pregame introductions, Parker addressed the sellout crowd of 14,480 at Paris Bercy, thanking them for their support. The 21-year-old point guard was born in Belgium and raised in Paris.
The Spurs led by nine at the end of the first quarter and 12 at halftime before Memphis cut its deficit to four in the third quarter. But Parker scored the next 10 points to build a 71-57 cushion.
Parker went 5-of-13 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in a game-high 32 minutes. He also had five assists and six turnovers.
has 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who played their first game of the preseason. They visit the Philadelphia 76ers at Temple University on Saturday.
totaled 14 points and seven rebounds in his Spurs debut. He was was signed away from Minnesota in the offseason to replace fellow 7-footer
, who retired.
The Grizzlies closed within 97-91 with less than three minutes left, but newly acquired
converted a three-point play, hit a layup and sank a 3-pointer to put away the game.
had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who visit his former Spanish club - FC Barcelona - on Friday.
scored eight and five points, respectively, for Memphis. Spurs rookie Elias Ayuso scored three points.