Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Wednesday, December 17th
Game 2: Saturday, January 31st
Game 3: Sunday, March 29th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 15th

Hornets 93

(28-16, 12-10 away)

Spurs 106

(32-14, 18-7 home)

    Coverage: COX

    8:30 PM ET, January 31, 2009

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 22 20 29 2293
    SA 28 22 30 26106

    Top Performers

    NO: C. Paul 38 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Parker 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Parker, Ginobili help Spurs best Paul, Hornets 

    Associated Press

    SAN ANTONIO -- Chris Paul was mad. He threw his hands down, screamed at the referee and was summarily punished with a technical foul.

    He wasn't winning this argument. Nor would his 38 points be enough to win the game.

    Fast Facts

    • The Spurs have won three straight and finish with the best record in the NBA in the month of January (12-3). San Antonio takes to the road for eight straight as because of the rodeo.

    • Tony Parker led six Spurs in double figures with 25 points. Manu Ginobili scored 22 off the bench and Michael Finley scored 20.

    • The Hornets lost back-to-back for the fourth time this season. They are 11-4 following a loss.

    • Chris Paul scored 29 of his 38 points in the second half. Paul finished 15-for-22 from the field and tied a career high by making five 3-pointers.

    -- ESPN research

    Tony Parker instead prevailed in a clash of All-Star point guards, scoring 25 points and stretching San Antonio's lead in the Southwest Division over Paul and the New Orleans Hornets in a 106-93 win Saturday night.

    Paul will start ahead of Parker for the Western Conference at the All-Star game in two weeks, and his season-high points total showed why. But Parker had a strong game of his own to offset the big night from his All-Star teammate, scoring 15 in the second half when Paul was at his hottest.

    "Tony and Chris were great. They went after each other," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They put on a hell of a performance."

    It was the last treat that Spurs fans will see at home in a long while. The next three weeks of performances at the AT&T Center will include the cowboys and cattle who now send the Spurs out on their annual Rodeo Road Trip.

    San Antonio's next eight games will be played coast-to-coast before returning home Feb. 24. But they're leaving with a little more room in the standings -- beating the Hornets extended their lead over New Orleans to three games in the Southwest Division.

    The Spurs have won three straight and seven of their last eight.

    Paul said San Antonio wasn't the same banged-up team the Hornets beat at home in December. That was their first meeting since the Spurs rallied from an 0-2 deficit to oust the Hornets in the Western Conference semifinals last season.

    Sitting in his front of his locker with ice bags on both legs, Paul contemplated this loss in which he said every loose ball and traveling call seemed to go the way of the Spurs.

    That might have worn on the Hornets. Along with Paul, David West and James Posey also got technical fouls.

    "We sort of got frustrated a little bit and said 'darn' and got two techs," Paul said. "I'm serious, I said 'darn.' I mean, I guess that's not what you should say."

    Hornets coach Byron Scott said his players were simply frustrated.

    "Not to put a damper on how the referees reffed this game, but they got some technicals out of plain frustration," Scott said. "Some missed calls. Then at the end, the referees will obviously come over and tell you they missed that call, but it doesn't do us any good."

    Paul shook off the third-quarter technical and kept shooting. He scored 17 in the third quarter and another 12 in the fourth, finishing 15-of-22 from the floor. He sank five 3-pointers and also had six rebounds and four assists.

    The Spurs, however, countered with six players in double figures to counter Paul's one-man show.

    Michael Finley made four 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, and Tim Duncan scored 12 points against West in another matchup of All-Stars.

    Manu Ginobili also had 22 points, including a poster-worthy dunk over David Armstrong that made the home crowd erupt. After all, the emphatic jam isn't what Spurs fans are used to seeing.

    "It took me 45 games, but it finally came," Ginobili said. "I'm glad that I could finally explode and go hard at the rim and get a nice dunk."

    West scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds in his second night back since missing five games with back spasms. New Orleans dropped its second in a row after being upset by Golden State the previous night. The Hornets' next four are back in New Orleans, where they are 16-6.

    San Antonio won its 29th straight game when scoring 100 or more points, the longest active streak in the NBA.

    Game notes

    Injury-plagued Spurs C Ian Mahimni is expected miss 6-10 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right ankle. He originally injured the ankle in August and has not played this season. ... The Spurs recalled G Malik Hairston before Saturday's game. The second-round pick has spent most of the season with San Antonio's development team in Austin. ... The Hornets did not renew the 10-day contract of rookie F Anthony Tolliver.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 106
    FGM-FGA 40-81 (.494) 42-77 (.545)
    3PM-3PA 6-11 (.545) 9-18 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 7-11 (.636) 13-15 (.867)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-41 3-31
    Assists 10 26
    Turnovers 14 12
    Steals 4 7
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 7 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (4/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 15

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    San Antonio
    Chris Paul Paul
    Points: 38
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 25
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0