NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at New Orleans
(Friday, November 9th)
Final Score: San Antonio 97, New Orleans 85
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebounds as well as four blocks to lead the San Antonio Spurs past the Hornets, 97-85, at New Orleans Arena.
Tony Parker had a game-high 27 points and added eight assists, and Fabricio Oberto had 13 points for the Spurs, who have won eight straight against the Hornets. Manu Ginobili had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the defending NBA champions, who have won five of six to open the season.
Chris Paul led the way for the Hornets with 18 points and seven assists, and David West chipped in 15 points, as New Orleans lost its fourth straight to the Spurs at home. Tyson Chandler had 11 rebounds to go with nine points, and Bobby Jackson had 12 points for New Orleans, which lost its second in a row.
After going into halftime with a 52-45 lead, the Spurs broke the game apart in the third quarter. The Hornets' Morris Peterson made a layup to open it up, and briefly trim the deficit, but San Antonio went on a 12-2 run over the next three minutes.
Ginobili scored three consecutive baskets in the stretch - two layups and a three-pointer, on which he was fouled. He made the free throw to give San Antonio a 13-point lead. Parker capped it with a driving layup, making the score 64-49.
The Spurs extended their lead to 21 points with 2:57 to play in the third, Ginobili made a pair of free throws, making the score 77-56.
"They came out (in the third) much more fired up than we did, and their intensity level, we just weren't able to match it," New Orleans coach Byron Scott said.
New Orleans got within 10 points midway through the fourth quarter, when Jackson made a three-pointer, trimming the San Antonio lead to 89-79. But the deficit proved too much to overcome, as the Spurs held on for the win.
San Antonio built up its lead with solid play in the second and third quarters, when the Spurs outscored the Hornets by a combined score of 58-39.
"We are a veteran team. There was no panic," Parker said. "It was good that we got the lead at halftime. In the third quarter we had a better approach, we played better and got even a bigger lead."
It was a turnaround from the beginning of the game for the Spurs, who trailed the Hornets early.
Midway through the first quarter, the Hornets took an 18-10 lead after they made four straight shots. Chandler capped the run with a layup, but the Spurs were able to fight back and trim the Hornets' lead to one at the end of quarter, and take the lead soon after.
"I thought the first quarter was pretty good but after that, each quarter after we started to progressively get worse on both ends of the court," Scott said.
The Spurs start a two-game homestand on Sunday, against Milwaukee...New Orleans hits the road for the next two games, starting at Philadelphia on Sunday...San Antonio outshot New Orleans from the field, 51.9 percent to 43.2...Both teams were 4-of-15 on three-pointers.
11/09 23:30:10 ET