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NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at San Antonio

(Saturday, October 30th)

Final Score: New Orleans 99, San Antonio 90

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Paul finished with 25 points to lead the New Orleans Hornets over the San Antonio Spurs, 99-90, at AT&T Center.

David West ended with 18 points on 9-of-17 from the field for the Hornets. Marcus Thornton and Willie Green had 17 and 12 points, respectively, in reserve roles.

"It feels so good to play basketball again," said Paul. "Just to be out there again and playing is so exciting. This is what I do and until you get injured you take it for granted."

Manu Ginobili had 23 points and six assists for the Spurs, and Richard Jefferson finished with 18 points and four boards.

"We moved the ball well and attacked better in the fourth," said Ginobili. "I'm proud of what we accomplished, but it wasn't enough."

Tony Parker, who earlier in the day signed a multi-year extension with the Spurs, finished with 13 points and four assists in the loss. Tim Duncan struggled by going 2-of-10 from the field and had seven points and seven rebounds.

Paul went a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line, and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. He also had seven rebounds and five assists.

The Hornets were leading, 87-71, with over seven minutes remaining in the fourth when the Spurs went on a 19-6 run that cut the New Orleans lead to three. Ginobili's jumper capped the burst with 2:05 remaining.

During the run, Paul missed a key 18-foot jumper and another in the lane shot the rimmed out, both led to fast break opportunities for the Spurs.

After Jefferson missed a 22-foot three from the baseline, Green took the rebound all the way down the court for a driving layup to restore the Hornets' lead to five. The quick turnover bucket forced Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to call a 20-second timeout.

Out of the stoppage, the Spurs missed their final four shots, and Paul iced the game with two clutch free throws to stretch the lead to the 99-90 final.

The Hornets took control of the game in the third quarter outscoring the Spurs 33-18. Paul added 10 points and New Orleans capitalized on poor shooing for the Spurs, 6-of-24, to stretch their lead to 76-60 going into the final stanza.

Included in the period was an 11-0 run, capped by a Paul bank shot for a 56-46 New Orleans advantage. The Hornets scored 12 in a row, extending to the fourth.

What assisted the Hornets was the fact that they went 4-for-4 in fast break opportunities in the third and got 18 points in the paint.

The Hornets bounced back from their subpar shooting first quarter and took over the lead in the second. West chipped in eight points on 4-of-6 shooting in the quarter to give the Hornets a slim 43-42 advantage going into the half.

The Spurs had a small 24-17 lead at the end of the first, with Parker contributing eight points.

Game Notes

This is only the fourth time in the last 18 meetings that the Hornets have beaten the Spurs in San Antonio... The Spurs won their 2009-10 series, 4-0...The Spurs went 6-of-26 from three-point range...DeJuan Blair had 11 rebounds for San Antonio.

10/31 02:27:43 ET

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