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.