The San Antonio Spurs look to rebound from one of their worst performances of the season Friday against the New Orleans Hornets, a team they have dominated away from home in three different buildings in recent years.

San Antonio gets a chance to win for the eighth time in nine road games against the Hornets when it visits the Ford Center.

Since Nov. 8, 2001, the Spurs (20-7) have taken seven of eight road meetings with the Hornets, holding them to an average of 81.0 points in that span. The run includes one victory at the Charlotte Coliseum, five at the New Orleans Arena and another at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

San Antonio hopes it can continue the success and rebound from a 97-78 loss to Houston on Friday, which snapped a five-game winning streak.

``We were definitely flat, had no energy,'' Spurs point guard Tony Parker said. ``And they just came out very strong, played more physical and made shots.''

The Spurs' scoring output was their second-lowest of the season, behind a 83-75 defeat at Utah on Nov. 29.

Two-time league MVP Tim Duncan struggled Friday night, shooting a season-low 30.8 percent (4-for-13) from the field. His 14 points were his fewest since he scored 13 in the Nov. 2 season opener at Dallas.

Duncan has averaged 14.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in the last five games against the Hornets, including 11 points and nine boards in a 103-77 win at New Orleans on Dec. 14.

The teams split two games at the Ford Center last season. The Hornets continue to play the majority of their schedule in Oklahoma City after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in August, 2005.

Chris Paul had 15 points and 15 assists to lead the Hornets (11-14) to a 100-97 overtime win versus Memphis on Friday, halting a four-game skid and overcoming the absence of several players.

``We have played really hard the last few games and have nothing to show for it,'' coach Byron Scott said. ``We talked to the guys that it is one or two plays that would make us 13-12. That would be pretty good for the absence of guys we have.''

New Orleans is not expected to have Peja Stojakovic (back surgery), David West(right elbow surgery) or Bobby Jackson (cracked left rib) back in the near future.

The absence of the three players, who combine to score 46.1 points per game, has created a void offensively for a team averaging a league-low 90.9 points on the season.

The Hornets have dropped six of their last eight games, and are averaging only 85.9 points in that span.

Paul, who leads the team with 18.9 points and 9.3 assists per game in his second NBA season, is averaging 11.8 points and 7.8 assists in five career matchups with San Antonio.


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