Video: UCLA's much-improved Tony Parker has a career night
It was a simple lay-up late in an all-but-decided game that evoked polite applause from the Pauley Pavilion crowd.
But Tony Parker’s 21st and 22nd points in the Bruins' win over Stanford Thursday night must have felt like a game-winning bucket, as the sophomore forward eclipsed his career-high point total and capped his best all-around game of the season.
Parker has emerged as Steve Alford’s best frontcourt player, integral to one of the most efficient offenses in the country. Of Parker’s nine made field goals against the Cardinal on Thursday, seven were assisted and the other two were put-backs from offensive rebounds.
With Parker playing like this on both ends of the floor combined with talent around him, UCLA is Arizona’s stiffest competition in the Pac-12 this season.