NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at New Orleans/Oklahoma City
(Saturday, December 23rd)
Final Score: San Antonio 112, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 77
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Tony Parker scored 19 points and tallied nine assists as the San Antonio Spurs routed the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 112-77.
Manu Ginobli scored 17 points to help the Spurs win their seventh out of eight and rebound from their worst loss of the season, a 97-78 decision to the Rockets on Friday. Bruce Bowen scored 15 points and Matt Bonner added 14 points off the bench. Michael Finley contributed 12 points in the victory.
San Antonio shot a sizzling 63 percent from the field and hit 12-of-17 from beyond the arc, a 70 percent clip.
"When everyone is making shots it's easier for the rest to make shots," said Ginobli. "It's contagious."
Chris Paul scored 20 points for the Hornets, who have lost five of six. Rasual Butler scored 16 points and Jannero Pargo added 11 off of the bench. Desmond Mason scored 10 points for the Hornets.
San Antonio opened the second half on a 16-6 run to break open the game. A three-point play by Francisco Elson put the Spurs up 76-54 with 6:18 left in the third quarter.
The Hornets only managed 11 points in the fourth quarter, and the Spurs closed the game on a 13-4 spurt to cap off the 35-point win.
"We didn't play well tonight and they played great," said Butler. "Every mistake we made, they capitalized on it. When you play a team like the Spurs, you can't make mistakes and expect to win."
Mason's first basket of the night put the Hornets up 12-11 in the early going, but the Spurs went on a 12-2 run to take an early nine-point lead. A jumper by Parker capped the run, putting the Spurs up 23-14 with just over four minutes left in the quarter. San Antonio led 30-20 entering the second quarter.
The Hornets scored eight straight points to open the second quarter, cutting to within 30-28 on a Pargo jumper with 9:29 left. Pargo's three brought the Hornets to within 34-33 just over a minute later, but the Spurs outscored the Hornets 26-14 the rest of the quarter, and led 60-48 at halftime.
The Hornets trailed by double figures for the entire second half, and by 20- plus points for the entire fourth quarter...The Hornets shot 37 percent from the field.
12/24 00:36:51 ET