Bulls hand Spurs second home loss

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Derrick Rose scored 29 points as the Chicago Bulls stayed on a roll by defeating the San Antonio Spurs 96-89 on Wednesday night in San Antonio.

Blair finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds, but the Spurs fall to the Bulls 96-89. (Photo via ESPN)

Rose shook off a scary-looking collision with Tony Parker early that kept him on the floor clutching his right knee for several minutes. However, the reigning MVP never left the game and the Bulls became just the second team to win in San Antonio this season.

Gary Neal led the Spurs with 21 points, DeJuan Blair started out strong and Tim Duncan carried his team in the third quarter, but San Antonio floundered late and had their homecoming spoiled after going 8-1 during a nine-game road trip.

Joakim Noah added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago.

The Bulls have won 11 of 13 and surged ahead for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Duncan finished 18 points and 10 rebounds. He brought the Spurs back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter after starting out rusty.

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NBA stars to play Entertainers Basketball Classic – Goodman game

New York natives and NBA players Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest), Joakim Noah and Kemba Walker will headline the Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) squad when they face the Goodman League in a streetball game Sept. 30 at Long Island University in Brooklyn, according to EBC chief executive officer and founder Greg Marius. (via Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York)

San Antonio Spurs guard and Baltimore native Gary Neal, could represent the Goodman league in this summer spectacle.

Marius said EBC’s roster will also include Dallas Mavericks forward Corey Brewer and there’s interest in adding Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings and Detroit Pistons guard and Mount Vernon native Ben Gordon to the roster. Arrangements need to be made so Washington Wizards rookie Chris Singleton and Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews can join the team in Brooklyn.

“Everybody is definitely excited about this game,” Marius said. “It’s a lot of star power and it’s for charity for both of the leagues. Both of us depend on sponsorship dollars and want to be able to create some other revenues and this is (a) great avenue with the lockout and players are willing to lend their support.”

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Spain defeats Parker, France for EuroBasket title

After helping France gain a spot at the 2012 London Olympics, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker knew that there is still a job to be done.

Tony Parker's 26-point effort weren't enough to lead France to a EuroBasket crown against defending champion Spain. (Photo via FIBA.com)

Win the 2011 EuroBasket title.

Against a tough opponent in defending champion Spain, Parker did his best scoring 26 points for France but got little help and could not bring his team its first continental title.

With both teams trading baskets in the opening quarter, Oklahoma City Thurder’s Serge Ibaka had five blocks in the second quarter helping Spain to build a 10-point lead and keep the French nationals at bay.

Rudy Fernandez of the Dallas Mavericks earned himself the wrath of the French nation, when he yanked Parker in mid-air as the French superstar was going for a layup.

Fernandez earned an unsportsmanlike foul leaving Parker lying momentarily motionless on the court. But to the relief of everyone (especially Spurs fans!) Parker got back to his feet, hitting the two subsequent free throws to put his team on a 7-0 run and bring France within, 46-41 late in the second quarter.

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Spurs’ Parker gets a chance to put stamp on legacy

As France meets defending champion Spain for the 2011 EuroBasket title match on Sunday, aolsportingnews.com provided a feel good story about San Antonio Spurs guard and French superstar Tony Parker.

San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker is the unquestioned leader of the French national team. If he leads them to a EuroBasket crown, it will put a stamp on his legacy.

There will be familiar names up and down the rosters of the French and Spanish national teams — Pau and Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Serge Ibaka, Rudy Fernandez, Boris Diaw, Joakim Noah, Nicolas Batum.

But other than seeing those guys in action, this will be a game worth watching, because it will tell us a lot about the guy who has come to define French basketball in the last decade, for better or for worse: Tony Parker.

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Parker, France advances to EuroBasket semis; Lorbek and Slovenia falls to Lithuania

San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as France rallied to beat Greece 64-56 Thursday and set up a semifinal match against Russia at the 2011 EuroBasket Championship.

Tony Parker leads France into the EuroBasket semifinals.

France started the game slow, scoring just 14 points in the opening quarter and found themselves trailing Greece, 27-31 after the first half of play.

The slow pace and low scoring trend continued in the third quarter as the Greeks held on to a 43-40 lead going into the fourth quarter.

However, Parker scored four straight points to cap an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter to give France a five-point lead and never looked back.

Ioannis Bourousis kept Greece in the game until Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers made two straight baskets with a block in between to give France a six-point lead with a little more than a minute to go.

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Spain overpowers France as Parker and Noah rest

With his team already advancing to the quarterfinal round, France’s national team head coach Vincent Collet chose to rest two of his starters for a reason.

Spurs' Draftee gets extended minutes for Team France with Tony Parker resting.

He felt that it’s better for his team to be as healthy as possible heading into the next round where all the teams will start from scratch; the game against Spain was practically a non-bearing.

“Noah got a hit in the calf and he wanted to play, but the doctor said no,” Collet said. “Tony has played more than 30 minutes in each of the previous games and he needed a rest.”

Mickael Gelabale was also out with a previous knee injury.

Even with San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah not playing, France led 22-21 after the first quarter and stayed within one at halftime.

However, the Spaniards used a big third quarter surge to run away with the win and send France its first defeat of the tournament.

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Parker’s France, Lorbek’s Slovenia remained unbeaten at EuroBasket

San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and the French national team needed a fourth quarter rally to beat a pesky Italian squad 91-84.

Tony Parker suffered a bruised thigh in France's win over Italy.

Italy led 23-20 after the opening period and held a 48-41 advantage over France at halftime.

Both teams scored just 19 points apiece in the third quarter and Italy had a 7-point lead going into the final quarter.

However, that is the time where Team France’s offense clicked.

The French national team outscored Italy 31-17 in the final quarter to stay undefeated at the EuroBasket.

Charlotte Bobcats’ Boris Diaw led Team France with 21 points, Portland Trail Blazers’ Nicolas Batum added 21 points and four steals, while Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah had 10 points and seven boards.

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Parker’s 31 points powers France to victory over Bertans, Latvia

The French national team led by San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker entered the game on Wednesday at the 2011 EuroBasket opener against Latvia as the heavy favorites for a reason, they are loaded with NBA-talent.

France needed 31 points from Tony Parker to put away Davis Bertans and Latvia.

However, Spurs 2011 draftee Davis Bertans and the Latvian national team did not go down without a fight. Latvia surprised Team France during the opening period, that ended up 25-18 in Latvia’s favor.

France quickly tried to return the favor winning the second quarter 22-16 to cut Latvia’s lead 41-40 at the half.

It was a close game for the most part, Latvia shot 47.8 percent from behind the arc compared to just 31.6 from France that kept the Latvian’s in the game.

In the third period, France relied on top players to take the quarter 23-18 and held a 63-59 margin heading into the final period.

In the final quarter, France just proved too much for Latvia to handle, as Team France claimed the 89-78 victory.

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Parker, France cruised past Bosnia and Herzegovina

After finishing the London Invitational Tournament on a 5-0 slate, the French national team went back into action against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Team France had a slow start, they finished the opening period trailing 22-25 but eventually came back into the game in the second quarter erasing a 3-point deficit on their way to a 45-39 halftime advantage.

During the third quarter, with San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and Nando De Colo leading the attack, France turned a close game into a blowout.

The Frenchmen outscored Bosnia and Herzegovina 25-5 in period and entered the final quarter up by 26 points 70-44.

Bosnia and Herzegovina never threatened the lead as Team France held on for an easy 85-60 victory.

Parker led the French nationals with 21 points, De Colo added 18, while Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah had 12 points and nine rebounds in the win.

Henry Domercant had a game-high 23 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina while Mirza Teletovic added 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

Parker returns to action, leads France to victory, Deng debuts for Great Britain

After a one day break and sitting out in the win over China, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker returned back to action for Team France on Saturday as he helped them beat Croatia 83-60 in day four of the London International Basketball Invitational.

Parker led the French national team with 12 points, three assists, and three rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line in 23 minutes of action.

Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah had 11 points and nine rebounds while Spurs draftee Nando De Colo added 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals while shooting 50 percent from the floor, including 66.7 percent from beyond the arc in 27 minutes.

Bojan Bogdanovic led Croatia with 16 points.

Meanwhile, boosted by Chicago Bulls’ Loul Deng, Great Britain get their first victory in the tournament by defeating China 64-56. Spurs draftee Ryan Richards was again scoreless playing just two minutes.

Joel Freeland led Team GB with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the win, Deng had 15 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes in this year’s debut with the British national team.

France will wrap up  their London Invitational against Serbia, while Richards and Team GB will conclude the tournament as they face Spurs’ assistant coach Brett Brown and Australia tomorrow.