Thursday , Dec , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets, Spurs battle at New Orleans Arena

(Sports Network) – The injury-riddled New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
welcome the San Antonio Spurs tonight to New Orleans Arena.

Forwards Peja Stojakovic (strained lower back), David West (strained right
forearm) and guard Bobby Jackson (cracked left rib) are all hurt for the
Hornets. West has not played since November 12th and is averaging 17.4 points
and 8.3 rebounds, while Stojakovic, who is averaging 17.8 points per game,
last played on November 24th.

The Hornets, who play the middle contest of a three-game homestand, play the
second of six games at New Orleans Arena. They defeated the Houston Rockets,
96-90, on November 5th.

Reigning Rookie of the Year Chris Paul scored 30 points and dished out 11
assists to lead New Orleans/Oklahoma City to a 95-89 victory over the
Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday at the Ford Center.

Jannero Pargo scored 15 points in the win over Cleveland for the Hornets, who
snapped a two-game skid. Marc Jackson scored 14 points, while rookie Hilton
Armstrong and Desmond Mason both netted 12 in the victory.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City is 5-3 as the host this season. The Hornets are
scheduled to host Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at New
Orleans Arena.

San Antonio enters tonight’s contest on a two-game winning streak. Tim Duncan
scored 24 points to lead the Spurs past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 95-82, at
the AT&T Center.

Tony Parker added 23 points in the win over Minnesota for the Spurs, who
limited the Timberwolves to a season-low 26 points in the second half.
Meanwhile, San Antonio came back from a 16-point first-half deficit to win for
the sixth time in its last seven games overall. Manu Ginobili had 12 points
for the Spurs, who forced 23 turnovers in the victory.

The Spurs are 9-3 on the road this season. After tonight’s contest, San
Antonio returns home to host Philadelphia, Memphis and Houston on the upcoming
three-game homestand.

San Antonio has won six of its last seven at the Hornets. The Spurs have won
three straight and seven of the last eight contests in this series.