Notebook: Spurs 99, Hornets 94



Posted Dec 21, 2012 11:53 PM

By Andrew McNeill, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Spurs survived a late push from the Hornets to win 99-94 on Friday night. The Spurs went up by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, but an 8-0 Hornets run it the fourth quarter cut the lead to four with under six minutes left in the game. Eight points in the final period from Tony Parker helped San Antonio put away New Orleans.

Parker led the Spurs (20-8) with 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting and five assists. Tim Duncan contributed 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. The Spurs won despite shooting 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) from 3-point range.

Anthony Davis was the high scorer for New Orleans (5-21) with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Greivis Vasquez had 14 points.

QUOTABLE: "Tony [Parker] has been doing that all season. ... He really feels the responsibility down the stretch in games to get something done."

-- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich

THE STAT: The Spurs assisted on 29 of their 39 field goals, while the Hornets had 15 assists on 39 field goals.

TURNING POINT: After the Hornets cut the lead to four points in the fourth quarter, Parker drove through the middle of the lane and scored a layup. On the next trip down the floor, Nando De Colo dribbled out and then back toward the hoop and hit a 10-foot jumper as well as drawing the foul. The basket put the Spurs lead back to eight points helped stop the Hornets' late push.

QUOTABLE II: "We weren't playing any transition defense. That's where their points came from in the first half."

-- Hornets forward Anthony Davis

HOT: The Spurs were 35-for-58 (60 percent) on two-point baskets against the Hornets.

NOT: New Orleans and San Antonio combined to shoot 6-for-34 (17.6 percent) from 3-point range.

ROOKIE WATCH: De Colo had four points, two rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes of action for the Spurs. Davis lead the Hornets on both ends, while Austin Rivers scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds. Darius Miller had one rebound in just over four minutes of action for the Hornets.

NOTABLE: Kawhi Leonard scored eight points to go along with two rebounds and two steals in his first game since November 15 after missing time with quadriceps tendinitis in his left leg. ...The loss is the 10th in a row for New Orleans.

UP NEXT: For the Hornets, Saturday vs. Indiana, Wednesday @ Orlando, Friday vs. Toronto. For the Spurs, Sunday vs. Dallas, Wednesday vs. Toronto, Friday vs. Houston.