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Tony Parker set to play against Suns after missing 2 games


SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will play Friday night against the Phoenix Suns after missing the previous two games with a back injury.

San Antonio veterans Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will both sit out the second game of a back-to-back for rest.

Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Ginobili added 10 points and seven assists in the Spurs' 109-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. Patty Mills had 26 points and six assists starting in place of Parker.

The victory pulled San Antonio (61-18) within a game of clinching the top seed in the Western Conference and moved Phoenix percentage points ahead of Dallas for seventh place.

The Suns (47-31) have won nine of 11 to surge back into the playoff picture after dropping three straight in mid-March.

The Spurs lost to Minnesota on Tuesday to split their games in Parker's absence.

The All-Star guard left San Antonio's 112-92 home victory over Memphis late in the first quarter Sunday after taking a hard fall as he drove the lane. After landing squarely on his back near the free throw line, he played for another 5 minutes before exiting with 2:41 remaining in the opening quarter.

Parker leads the team in both scoring (16.8 points) and minutes played (29.7) this season.

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