Regular Season Series (Game 4 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 89

(14-48, 3-28 away)

Spurs 112

(48-15, 29-3 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, March 14, 2005

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 12 24 22 3189
    SA 25 31 34 22112

    Top Performers

    NO: S. Claxton 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    SA: B. Udrih 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Duncan nets double-double after two-game absence

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan made a successful return to San Antonio's lineup, with a lot of help from Beno Udrih and Brent Barry.

    Duncan had 18 points and 13 rebounds in 26 minutes to help the Spurs rout New Orleans 112-89 on Monday night. He missed the previous two games -- both losses -- because of a sprained right ankle and tightness in his back.

    "I felt really good, actually," Duncan said. "Beno took open shots. Brent did the same thing. Everyone shared the ball real well."

    While Duncan returned, point guard Tony Parker missed his first game of the season because of a quadriceps injury, and Manu Ginobili sat out with a groin injury.

    With the victory, the Spurs improved to 48-15, tied for the NBA overall lead with Phoenix (48-15) and Miami (49-16).

    Udrih, a 22-year-old rookie Slovenia, scored a career-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting in his first career start in place of Parker.

    Barry added 17 points in place of Ginobili.

    "It's real important for those guys to do that," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said, "because that's the depth we talk about and haven't seen for about a month."

    Lee Nailon had 18 points for New Orleans, 3-28 on the road.<

    The Spurs raced to an 11-2 lead and had a 25-12 at the end of the first quarter.

    Hornets coach Byron Scott benched 19-year-old rookie J.R. Smith midway through the opening quarter and played him only 3 minutes after that.

    "I was upset in his defensive play," Scott said. "I was upset with his attitude. At 19 years old, if he's going to act like that, he's going to sit down for a while."

    Game notes

    The Spurs won the season series 4-0. ... George Lynch missed his second straight game for the Hornets following his mother-in-law's death. ... Nazr Mohammed had his best since joining the Spurs on Feb. 24 in a trade with New York, scoring eight points in 21 minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 112
    FGM-FGA 39-90 (.433) 41-75 (.547)
    3PM-3PA 2-5 (.400) 13-19 (.684)
    FTM-FTA 9-10 (.900) 17-21 (.810)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-37 11-45
    Assists 21 29
    Turnovers 10 15
    Steals 5 4
    Blocks 0 8
    Fast Break Points 12 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 40

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    San Antonio
    Speedy Claxton Claxton
    Points: 16
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Beno Udrih Udrih
    Points: 25
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0