NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at San Antonio
(Saturday, January 26th)
Final Score: New Orleans 102, San Antonio 78
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - David West scored 32 points and tore down seven rebounds, keying a fourth-quarter onslaught as the New Orleans Hornets cruised past the San Antonio Spurs down the stretch for their eighth straight win, 102-78, at AT&T Center.
Peja Stojakovic scored 22 points and Chris Paul went for 17 and 11 assists for the Hornets, who haven't lost since getting blown out by the Lakers back on January 9, and are now 25-2 when leading going to the fourth quarter.
Tyson Chandler had eight points to go with his game-high 12 rebounds for New Orleans, now 31-12 on the season, good for the best record in the Western Conference.
"At this stage of the season we feel that we have a team that can compete against the better teams in the league," said Hornets head coach Byron Scott. "Like I said, our guys geared up for this game, we know how good the Spurs are, we have so much respect for that team, and that is why this is probably the biggest win that we've had and I thought our guys handled it well."
Tony Parker and Tim Duncan had 17 points apiece for San Antonio, which saw a three-game win streak come to a screeching halt. Manu Ginobili had 11 points, though he was limited to just four field goals on 12 attempts, and Fabricio Oberto added 10 for the Spurs, who were outscored 30-14 in the final stanza.
"It was a tough loss but give credit to New Orleans - they played great," said Parker. "They made their shots tonight and played good defense. I am not sure what happened, I just can't explain it. It seemed like they just made every shot and played great - they just played better, give them credit."
San Antonio will now embark on a season-long nine-game road trip beginning in Utah Monday and continuing through February 13.
San Antonio trailed just 72-64 entering the fourth, and Ime Udoka hit a pull- up jumper to start the quarter, bringing the Spurs within six. But New Orleans rattled off 14 straight capped by Ryan Bowen's transition layup on a dish from Paul to take a commanding 86-66 edge with about 7 1/2 minutes to go.
Jannero Pargo's three extended the cushion to 91-68 around the six-minute mark, and from there, the rout was on.
Pargo finished with eight points, and West scored 20 in the second half on his way to an impressive 15-for-19 shooting night, helping the Hornets to a franchise-record eighth consecutive road victory.
Udoka ended his night with 13 off the San Antonio bench.
New Orleans led 28-27 after one quarter, before heading to the half down 43-42 after a grind-it-out second period that saw the two teams combine for just 30 points.
A 7-0 Hornets spurt late in the third gave them a 65-59 lead, and they led 72-64 going to the third after Pargo capped the period with a three.
New Orleans shot a torrid 54.3 percent from the floor (44-for-81), including 7-for-19 from three-point range; Stojakovic was 4-for-6 from beyond the arc...The Hornets are now 20-0 when scoring 100-plus points...Duncan had eight rebounds and Udoka had seven, but no other Spur had more than four boards, and San Antonio was outworked on the glass as a team, 41-32.
01/27 01:16:40 ET