Parker, Duncan pace Spurs past Hornets
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored 23 points and Tim Duncan
contributed 12 points and 16 rebounds in San Antonio’s 99-86 victory over the
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.
Manu Ginobili had 18 points and Michael Finley added 14 for the Spurs, who
topped the Hornets for a sixth straight time and for the 10th time in the last
David West had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who had a three-game
winning streak broken, but lost for the 13th time in 18 contests. Bobby
Jackson had 14 points in a losing effort. West returned to the court for the
first time since November 12. He missed the previous 30 games due to an elbow
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in the first quarter after receiving a
pair of technical fouls. However, San Antonio then used a 17-4 spurt to end
the quarter. The Spurs trailed 9-8 after Popovich’s first technical, but then
went on a monster run after their coach was thrown out. Two free throws by
Ginobili ended the period with the Spurs up 26-12.
“I think sometimes the coach has to do it, but we sometimes lose our focus for
doing that,” Ginobili said of the technical fouls. “Coach can do whatever he
wants. We just need to focus on playing good and playing good defense.”
San Antonio led by as many as 22 in the second before settling for a 53-36
advantage at the half. The Hornets could never get within double digits in the
third and trailed 76-60 going into the fourth.
Jannero Pargo’s jumper cut the Hornets’ deficit to 81-73 with 7:08 remaining,
but the visitors could get no closer.
Devin Brown had 12 points, while Desmond Mason and Pargo each scored 11 for
the Hornets. Mason and Chris Paul, who was on the bench in street clothes,
were both ejected.
“You can’t let a team like the Spurs get one up on you and expect to battle
back.” West said. “You have to bring your best game when you play one of the
best teams in the league.”
The Hornets have lost six of their last seven at San Antonio…The Spurs held
a 47-39 advantage on the boards.