Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Friday, December 17th
Game 2: Saturday, January 29th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 16th
Game 4: Monday, March 14th

Hornets 83

(8-35, 2-22 away)

Spurs 93

(36-10, 23-1 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, January 29, 2005

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 21 28 20 1483
    SA 33 19 21 2093

    Top Performers

    NO: P. Brown 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Parker 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 10 Ast, 4 Stl

    Parker's 23 and 10 leads the way

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker scored 23 points and had 10 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs improved to 23-1 at home with a 93-83 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night.

    The Hornets, sporting the NBA's worst record at 8-35, trailed by only four points after three quarters.

    But the Spurs opened the fourth with an 8-0 run as New Orleans missed its first 10 shots. A short jumper by Bruce Bowen gave San Antonio an 81-69 lead with less than seven minutes remaining.

    The Hornets cut the difference to 81-75 by making three straight baskets, but a dunk by Robert Horry started another burst that returned the Spurs' lead to double digits.

    Manu Ginobili had 17 points and Brent Barry added 14 for San Antonio. Tim Duncan scored 12 points and had 14 rebounds.

    The Spurs have used their home-court success to build up the league's best record at 36-10, but they will play their next seven games on the road.

    Dan Dickau, who went to the bench with two fouls in the game's 2 minutes, led the Hornets with 16 points. J.R. Smith scored 13, and Lee Nailon and P.J. Brown each contributed 12.

    The Spurs had a 10-0 lead less than 90 seconds into the game, with Parker and Ginobili each hitting 3-pointers. San Antonio scored 33 points in the first, a season high.

    Parker scored 10 points and had five of his assists in the opening quarter.

    San Antonio's first-half lead grew to as many as 14 early in the second before the Hornets started getting defensive stops and drawing closer.

    A 3-pointer by Dickau pulled New Orleans to 50-48 with 35 seconds left in the half. Barry made two free throws and Dickau one to finish the scoring before the break.

    Game notes

    The Spurs are 14-2 on their extended February road trips in the past two years. ... San Antonio next plays at home Feb. 23 against Houston. ... Spurs backup point guard Beno Udrih sat out with a shoulder strain. ... The Hornets are 2-22 on the road. ... New Orleans fell to 0-8 wearing its bright yellow "Mardi Gras" road uniforms. ... Dickau, who had a career-best 16 assists on Friday in a win over Philadelphia, finished with three assists.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 93
    FGM-FGA 35-77 (.455) 34-72 (.472)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 5-17 (.294)
    FTM-FTA 8-13 (.615) 20-30 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-38 13-40
    Assists 14 23
    Turnovers 16 13
    Steals 5 10
    Blocks 6 7
    Fast Break Points 3 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (3/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 14

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    San Antonio
    P.J. Brown Brown
    Points: 12
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0