Saturday , Dec , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs try to get back on the winning track vs. Hornets

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs try to get back on the winning
track when they visit the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets tonight at the
Ford Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the squads. On December 14th,
Manu Ginobili had 24 points to lead San Antonio to a convincing 103-77 victory
over the Hornets at New Orleans Arena.

San Antonio has won seven of its last eight at the Hornets. The Spurs have
captured four in a row and eight of the last nine contests in this series.

The Spurs will try and rebound from a bad loss. On Friday, Yao Ming scored 22
points and pulled down seven boards as the Houston Rockets crushed the Spurs,
97-78, at the AT&T Center.

Manu Ginobili scored 23 points in the loss to Houston for the Spurs, who had a
five-game winning streak halted. Tony Parker scored 21 points and Tim Duncan,
who was just 4-for-13 from the floor, scored 14 points and grabbed 11 boards
in defeat.

San Antonio is 10-3 on the road this season. After tonight’s contest the Spurs
return home for a three-game homestand. They will host Milwaukee, Utah and
Atlanta on the upcoming stand.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City wraps up a brief two-game homestand. On Friday,
Desmond Mason scored the go-ahead bucket in overtime and posted 17 points and
12 rebounds, as the injury-riddled Hornets downed the Memphis Grizzlies,
100-97, at the Ford Center.

Marc Jackson posted 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Memphis for the
Hornets, who stopped a four-game losing streak and were without three key
contributors in Peja Stojakovic, Bobby Jackson and David West.

Stojakovic (lower back) is expected to miss at least two months, and David
West (right forearm/elbow) is out indefinitely. Jackson has a cracked left rib
and has not played since November 28th.

The Hornets are 6-5 as the host this season. They are scheduled to visit
Seattle on Tuesday and Portland on Wednesday.