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Parker notches double-double

Parker notches double-double Spurs point guard Tony Parker had an agenda for Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings: First, be a facilitator.

Before the game was five minutes old, he had five assists, contributing on all but one of the Spurs' first six baskets. He finished off the first quarter with a pass to Keith Bogans, who nailed his third 3-pointer of the period.

By game's end, Parker had a season high in assists (11) and his first double-double of the season with 18 points.

"That was my goal tonight," Parker said. "Get Richard (Jefferson) going, and Keith and all the guys."

Included among Parker's assists: a lob to Jefferson for a dunk and a pass that bounced off Tim Duncan's arm and into the basket.

Duncan appeared to put his arms up, almost in self-defense, when Parker fired a pass from close range after a drive down the lane. Somehow, the ball found its way into the basket.

"It was the highlight of the night," Parker said, laughing.

BATTLING BONNER: Spurs power forward-center Matt Bonner has a well earned reputation as a happy-go-lucky, easygoing personality, but he has his limits.

Bonner appeared ready to go toe-to-toe with Kings forward Donte Greene when the two battled for a loose ball with 3:31 remaining in the game.

Referee Joe Forte had to separate the two and restore order before Spurs guard Manu Ginobili could head to the free-throw line because Greene had fouled him before the tussle with Bonner.

"Just heat of the moment, getting on the floor, trying to get some energy going," Bonner said. "I don't think I've ever been in a fight in my life. I get mad sometimes, like any competitor out there on the court, but I was just trying to grab a loose ball, that's all."

UDOKA RETURNS: Former Spurs forward Ime Udoka visited with many of his former coaches and teammates before Wednesday's game. Unsigned by the Spurs after becoming a free agent in July, Udoka had gone to training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers but was Portland's final cut before the season began. He was signed by the Kings on Nov. 4.

"Any team would love to have Ime on its roster," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "He works hard, and he's always the same, whether he plays or sits. And when he plays, he gives you everything he's got."

Udoka played 2:42 and has appeared in 14 of his 16 games with the Kings.

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