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                   === Late run pushes Spurs past Hornets ===
 
 San  Antonio, TX  (Sports Network)  -  Tony Parker  totaled 24  points and  13
 assists  and was instrumental  in a late run that pushed the San Antonio Spurs
 over the New Orleans Hornets, 106-102, at AT&T Center.
 
 Tiago  Splitter, taking control  down low in the absence of Tim Duncan, had 25
 points  and seven rebounds, while Stephen Jackson and Danny Green added 15 and
 12 points, respectively, in the Spurs' sixth straight victory.
 
 The  Hornets, who beat  the Spurs earlier this month and had won three of four
 coming in, were ahead 86-85 at the midway point of the fourth quarter, but saw
 San Antonio score 16 of the next 19 points to build a double-digit cushion.
 
 Greivis Vasquez recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists to lead
 New Orleans, which got 17 points from Eric Gordon and 16 from Ryan Anderson.
 
 "Our  defense was below par all night long," Hornets head coach Monty Williams
 said. "We had so many breakdowns on the ball."
 
 Duncan sat out with a sore left knee and frontcourt teammate Kawhi Leonard was
 nursing a left patella contusion.
 
 With  the big men out, the Hornets were able to start out fast, going up 31-21
 on  an  Al-Farouq Aminu alley-oop slam  with under 3  1/2 minutes to go in the
 opening quarter.
 
 San  Antonio  scored 11  of the  final 15 points  in the  frame to pull within
 35-32,  but  never pulled ahead  until Parker's bucket  gave the hosts a 72-70
 lead with 5:41 remaining in the third quarter.
 
 The  Hornets,  who were  ahead 64-60  at intermission, held  a slim 79-78 lead
 entering  the fourth,  and led by one before Parker opened the deciding flurry
 with a pair of buckets.
 
 His  short jumper gave  the Spurs their biggest lead at that point, 89-86, and
 Green and Jackson each scored inside the next two times down to build a seven-
 point cushion.
 
 Vasquez  hit from behind the arc with 3:15 to go before Parker again responded
 with  consecutive  baskets.  Manu  Ginobili, who  returned  from  a  four-game
 absence,  forced back-to-back  turnovers that lead to layups from Splitter and
 Green to build a 12-point lead that held up over the final two minutes.
 
 "The  first  half we had no  energy and were  a little bit flat," Parker said.
 "But  the  second half  our defense  was great. ...  We were  able to get some
 baskets and make the stops that we needed."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Ginobili,  who had  been out with a  hamstring, played 17 minutes and had nine
 points,  five  assists and three steals  ... The Spurs shot just 12-of-23 from
 the  foul line  ... San  Antonio scored  21 points  off 13  turnovers ...  New
 Orleans  won the battle  on the glass, 46-39, but were outscored in the paint,
 66-36.
 
 01/24 01:30:26 ET