Duncan helps Spurs edge Hornets
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 31 points as the San
Antonio Spurs rallied to beat the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 92-88, at
the AT&T Center.
Brent Barry added 15 points, including four three-pointers in the fourth
quarter for San Antonio, which has won five straight and 18 of its last 20
games. Michael Finley donated 13 points and Manu Ginobli 12 for the Spurs,
currently sit in third place in the Western Conference
Chris Paul deposited 20 points and nine assists, and Tyson Chandler had 10
points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who have lost three of their last four
and 10 of their last 14 games. David West added 16 points, Jannero Pargo 13
and Rasual Butler 12 for New Orleans/Oklahoma City, which entered the night 2
1/2 games back of the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff
spot in the Western Conference.
Barry’s third triple of the fourth quarter tied the contest at 77-77 with 6:39
to go. Finley then drilled a three on the Spurs next possession putting San
Antonio ahead. Pargo got into the act with a three of his own and the score
was knotted at 80-80 with 5:37 left to play.
Less than a minute later, Finley connected on another triple and San Antonio
led 84-80 with 4:45 to go.
Chandler’s alley-oop dunk pulled the Hornets within one, 85-84 and Paul’s two
free throws on a later possession put New Orleans/Oklahoma City ahead 88-87
with 1:42 left.
Moments later, Finley stole the ball on an errant Paul pass attempt and Barry
sank his fourth and final three of the quarter, giving the Spurs a 90-88 edge
with 17.9 ticks remaining.
The Hornets then had two chances to win out of a timeout, but Butler and West
both misfired and Paul was whistled for a foul with 1.2 seconds to go. Jacque
Vaughn then hit both free throws to ice the game.
New/Orleans led 52-46 at the intermission and extended the margin to nine,
75-66 heading into the final quarter.
New Orleans shot 47 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from three-point
range, while San Antonio shot 43.6 percent from the field and 39.3 from long-
distance…New Orleans outrebounded San Antonio, 38-35…New Orleans finished
with 20 turnovers, San Antonio 10…The Spurs completed the four-game series
sweep with the Hornets and have won seven straight over New Orleans/Oklahoma
City overall…Duncan made his first three-pointer of the season midway
through the second quarter.