The start of the 2012-13 season was not kind to Spurs point guard Tony Parker.

Sure, there was his late go-ahead 3-pointer at New Orleans in the season opener, followed by the buzzer-beating jump shot he drilled to beat arch rival Oklahoma City the following night.

Things quickly changed after that, however. Weakened by illness, and still getting his legs back after a summer of Olympic basketball and a near-catastrophic eye injury, Parker bottomed out with consecutive games of six, four and five points.

At that ridiculously early point of the season, he was shooting just 39 percent with a scoring average of 12.7 points per game.

Parker been nothing short of spectacular since then, averaging 21.2 points on 54.2-percent shooting in over the past 39 games. He has scored in double-figures in every one of those outings, the longest streak of his career.

Reset the cutoff to his breakout game at Boston on Nov. 21 (26 points, 12-for-17 shooting), and Parker is shooting 55.7 percent over the past 35 outings.