Hornets.com postgame: Spurs 109, Hornets 84

Sunday, December 5, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

Spurs (17-3), Hornets (13-7)

It was over when… Richard Jefferson drilled a three-pointer from the left corner with four-plus minutes remaining in the third quarter, giving the Spurs a (no misprint) 38-point lead at 87-49. San Antonio scored 34 points apiece in each of the first two quarters to build a 68-41 halftime advantage.

Hornets MVP: Tough to hand this out to anyone after a forgettable performance, but Chris Paul’s numbers weren’t too far off his normal pace, especially given that he sat out the fourth quarter. The three-time All-Star tallied 16 points, five rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Quincy Pondexter continues to show signs of improvement, scoring eight points on 3-for-6 shooting. He delivered one of the best highlights of his young pro career with a flying dunk in the final minute of the game, in case you decided to switch over to another channel.

The buzz on… David Andersen’s debut. While fellow tradee Jarrett Jack has appeared in every game since the trade with Toronto, the Australian did not get onto the floor until tonight. It was a quiet first game, with Andersen missing a pair of 20-footers in the first half, including a contested airball. Andersen played just three minutes; Monty Williams elected to go with Aaron Gray and Jason Smith at the big positions during mop-up time of the fourth quarter.

Blog question of the night: The unofficial first quarter of the regular season (20 games out of 82) concluded Sunday with the Hornets at 13-7. It’s been a start no one could’ve fathomed, with New Orleans going a franchise-best 11-1, followed by a 2-6 stretch. What grade would you give the Hornets through one-fourth of 2010-11?