SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio point guard Tony Parker watched helplessly as the Spurs were drained emotionally and physically by four straight defeats, including a pair of crushing losses at home in triple overtime.He saw the frustration and despair weigh on his teammates, especially longtime running mate Manu Ginobili, who was forced to play extended minutes as the teams lone playmaker.Parker wanted to give San Antonio a lift, and he did so in a big way.He scored 26 points in his return from a five-game absence, igniting the Spurs to a season-high 37 assists and a 125-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.It was a great relief for everybody (to have Parker back), and he made us play better and with more confidence, said Ginobili, who had a season-high 10 assists.San Antonio shot a season-high 64 per cent from the field.Tim Duncan had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Boris Diaw scored 23 points and Ginobili added 19 for the Spurs (18-11), who had lost three straight home games in overtime.Those losses took a toll on the Spurs, even Parker, who sat out with a strained left hamstring.It was hard to watch, Parker said. A tough time, so I was just trying to bring energy and be aggressive.Parker showed no lingering effects from the injury that kept him out of eight of the past nine games. He played 34 minutes, shooting 11 for 18 from the field and collecting four assists.He says he feels great, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. Im scared to death about it, but Im just going to trust him. He has been around for a long time, and he doesnt want to reinjure himself. Hopefully, hes OK.Parker collected a steal on San Antonios opening defensive possession and made his initial jumper and first two free throws.Parkers ability to penetrate reinvigorated the Spurs ball movement, providing the good-to-great mantra that Popovich preached last season. San Antonio had a season-high 72 points in the first half, shooting 75 per cent while handing out 20 assists on its 30 baskets.They shot the lights out (of) the ball tonight, said Clippers point guard Chris Paul said. At the same time, youve got to try to impose your will on defence. (At) some point, you cant hope they miss, you have to make them miss.Paul had 25 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin added 22 points and J.J. Redick had 21 for the Clippers (19-9), who have lost four straight to San Antonio.Jamal Crawfords jumper tied it at 102 with 8:17 remaining, the first tie since the opening minute of the second quarter. The Spurs hit three 3-pointers after that, including Ginobili flipping a left-handed pass behind his head to Danny Green for a 115-106 lead with 4 minutes remaining.It was part of a rejuvenated performance by Ginobili, who shot an airball on a 3-pointer at the close of the third overtime against Memphis and had several untimely turnovers late while playing all three overtimes against the Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers.Thats why I felt pain for him, Parker said. I know usually we take turns on whos going to play the pick-and-rolls and whos going to create. All three overtimes it was him the whole time and so he was super tired. I felt bad for him.TIP-INSClippers: Paul had nine assists, giving him 6,387 to surpass former Lakers guard Norm Nixon (6,381) for 24th in league history. . Redick, fourth in the NBA at 2.9 points in the opening 3 minutes of the game, had seven to open Mondays game. . Clippers F Spencer Hawes (left knee bruise) missed his sixth straight game.Spurs: Duncan tied Lakers forward A.C. Green for 19th in career games played at 1,278. . San Antonio used its 17th different starting lineup this season. . The Spurs previous season high in assists was 31 in their triple-overtime loss to Memphis on Wednesday.GREAT EFFORTDuncan had 21 points to surpass Indiana Pacers standout Reggie Miller for 17th on the career scoring list. Duncan, who has 25,288 points, also collected his 812th career double-double.UP NEXTClippers: Visit Atlanta on Tuesday.Spurs: Host Oklahoma City on Thursday. 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The England international had both goals in TFCs season-opening 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.BOSTON - Kevin Garnett stole the ball from his friend and put the finishing touch on an emotional night with a layup that helped him and Paul Pierce become winners in their return to Boston. It started with pregame standing ovations for the leaders of the Celtics last championship team and ended with an 85-79 win for the Brooklyn Nets after Garnett picked off Rajon Rondos turnover and dribbled in slowly for an uncontested basket with 20 seconds left Sunday night. "I knew they needed a 3 at that point and I just played the passing lane," Garnett said. "I thought I was going to get caught, but I got it." That gave Brooklyn an 82-77 lead. It was a rare highlight for the returning stars in a game in which they fought to control their emotions while still trying to contribute to their current team. "I had lumps in my throat and I tried to focus as much as I could," Pierce said. "Im happy we got it over with and I can go back to playing basketball." Pierce, the second leading scorer in Celtics history, and Garnett scored just six points each, and Pierce missed eight of his 10 shots. But they received several standing ovations on the court where they won the teams 17th championship in 2008. They also were honoured in tributes shown on the video screen early in the game six months after a blockbuster trade sent them to Brooklyn. "It was, by far, the hardest day that I had to focus," said Garnett, a 19-year veteran. "Its a good homecoming." Andray Blatche scored 17 points and Alan Anderson and Andrei Kirilenko had 11 each as the Nets won for the 10th time in 11 games. The Celtics, losing for the 17th time in 20 games, were led by Brandon Bass with 17 points. Rondo had 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists one night after having dinner with Pierce and Garnett. During the video tribute to Garnett in a timeout with 2:25 left in the first quarter, he stood near his bench with a white towel draped over his head. He smiled, pounded the left side of his chest and waved several times to the crowd. The tribute to Pierce at the end of the first quarter was longer and drew a louder ovation. He looked up at the video board above centre court with a sombre expression. The camera panned to him on the court showing him repeatedly mouthing the words, "thank yoou.dddddddddddd." Celtics coach Brad Stevens quickly gave his players instructions then let them watch the tributes. "It was the right thing to do," he said. "Not much in my life is bigger than the next possession, but that is." Pierce spent 15 seasons with the Celtics after they drafted him with the 10th pick in 1998. Garnett was obtained in a trade with Minnesota before the 2007-08 season and, with Pierce and Ray Allen, led Boston to their most recent championship. But the Celtics are in full rebuilding mode now and trailed 59-53 after three quarters then allowed the first six points of the fourth as the Nets led by 12. Boston cut the lead to 73-70 on a 3-pointer by Chris Johnson, playing on a 10-day contract, with 4:37 remaining. The Nets scored the next five points on a layup by Kirilenko, a free throw by Deron Williams and a jumper by Pierce. That made it 78-70. With the score 80-72, Boston cut the deficit to three on a field goal by Bass and a 3-pointer by Rondo, two of only five current Celtics who played with Pierce and Garnett last season. "We got caught up in (their return)," Bass said, "but for the most part we had a job to do." Joe Johnson then missed his shot and Rondo rebounded, giving Boston a chance to tie with a 3-pointer. He moved the ball upcourt only to lose it to Garnett, who went in for Brooklyns final field goal. "Hes done it all year for us defensively," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "Hes always in the right place at the right time." Pierce scored his first two points of the game on free throws 1:08 into the third quarter then hit his first field goal, a 16-foot jumper that capped a 10-0 Nets run 2:51 into the period. "It was just a special thing for me," Pierce said, "through my bad times, through my immature times, through my growing up, becoming a man for this city and winning a championship, everybody sticking with me. I would just like to tell them, thank you. " NOTES: The crowd gave Pierce and Garnett a standing ovation when they took the court for pregame warm-ups and when they were the last two Nets starters introduced. ... Garnett won the opening tip against Bass and got the ball back to Pierce. ... The Celtics recalled centre Vitor Faverani from the Maine Red Claws of the NBDL. ' ' '