NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, February 2nd (All times eastern)
New Orleans Hornets (4-18) at San Antonio Spurs (14-9), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs will resume a three-game homestand tonight versus the New Orleans Hornets at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs have been nearly unstoppable at home and have opened 11-1 in the Alamo City for the sixth time in franchise history. They opened the residency with last night's 99-91 victory over the rival Houston Rockets thanks to 25 points from Tim Duncan and 24 points out of Tony Parker.
"I was just trying to be aggressive," Duncan said. "I was trying to get in the paint as they were staying locked up on our shooters. They weren't double- teaming so I got a chance to attack a little more, get in the paint, and make some shots."
Gary Neal added 15 points for the Spurs, who overcame a 13-point halftime deficit and won for the fourth time in six tries.
"Tim Duncan went to the fountain of youth or something yesterday because today he looked phenomenal," said Neal. "Tim is one of our leaders, everybody knows that, and we just fed off Tim today."
San Antonio will close out the homestand versus the Thunder on Saturday and will commence its annual Rodeo Road Trip with nine straight games as the guest. The Spurs are just 3-8 away from home this season.
New Orleans will play back-to-back games as the visitor and has lost four in a row away from the Big Easy. It is just 2-7 on the road this season.
The Hornets have dropped three in a row overall, including Wednesday�s 120-103 loss versus the Phoenix Suns. Greivis Vasquez paced the Hornets with 20 points and 12 assists -- both career-highs -- while Jason Smith and Trevor Ariza had 16 and 15 points, respectively, for New Orleans, which fell to a lowly 4-18 on the season.
"We played badly down the stretch of that first half. It carried over into the second half," Hornets head coach Monty Williams said. "I thought we got a little frustrated with Nash scoring a little bit. Their bench came in and did a great job and we never were able to recover from that."
Williams' bunch lost despite shooting 51.9 percent from the floor and 9-of-16 from three-point range. The Hornets will also visit Detroit on the quick trip before returning to the bayou for a four-game homestand versus the Kings, Bulls, Blazers and Jazz.
New Orleans suffered a 104-102 loss to the Spurs at home on Jan. 23, as Duncan finished with 28 points and seven rebounds to lead the way. San Antonio has won eight of 10 against the Hornets, who have lost 12 of 14 trips to the Alamo City.
02/02 10:55:03 ET