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