Posted December 20, 2012 on
AP on Fox
Another road-heavy stretch left the San Antonio Spurs weary and looking forward to one of their longest homestands of the season.
They'll try to begin that stay by avoiding their longest losing streak in more than 20 months Friday night against the lowly New Orleans Hornets, losers of nine in a row.
San Antonio (19-8) has played 12 of its last 16 games away from home, and that travel appeared to have taken its toll as the Spurs dropped their fourth straight road game Tuesday at Denver.
They couldn't take advantage of Tim Duncan's splendid all-around effort in that 112-106 defeat, their second in as many nights. The veteran had a season-high 31 points along with 18 rebounds, six assists and five blocks, but no other San Antonio player provided more than 16 points.
Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Gary Neal were a combined 11 of 42 in the team's worst shooting performance in nearly a month (40.0 percent).
"We've been on the road a lot and I just think we're a little bit tired and don't have the same energy," Parker said. "It's been a tough schedule but ... now we get two days off to rejuvenate and we have a long stretch at home to get it back."
The Spurs will try to use that rest to help them once again avoid a three-game skid. A 103-88 home win over Boston on Saturday prevented their first such losing streak in the regular season since a set of six consecutive defeats March 23-April 1, 2011.
The first of four straight games at the AT&T Center, where they've won four in a row, could help them stop their slide - and a visit from the Hornets (5-20) probably won't hurt. The Western Conference's last-place team is on the verge of its first 10-game losing streak in eight seasons.
"We have to really focus on these games, get back on a winning streak and get back to feeling good about ourselves," Duncan said.
New Orleans has averaged 88.1 points during its skid, and it had one of its worst offensive performances of the season in a 93-77 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Robin Lopez posted a season-high 22 points and No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis added 16, but no other player scored in double figures as the Hornets shot 38.7 percent - 2 of 19 from 3-point range.
"We have to watch the film and see what we did wrong and what breakdowns we had, so we can execute better," said leading scorer Ryan Anderson, who tied a season low with seven points and missed all eight of his attempts from beyond the arc. "Our focus could be a lot better and our energy. There's a lot of things we can work on."
Heading into the finale of a four-game trip, New Orleans has lost five straight on the road and five consecutive matchups with the Spurs. The Hornets have two wins in their last 19 visits to San Antonio including postseason.
The Spurs, though, needed Parker's go-ahead 3-pointer with 49.6 seconds left to lift them to a 99-95 win in New Orleans in the season opener for both teams Oct. 31. Duncan also hit a pair of late free throws while scoring a game-high 24 points and Parker finished with 23.
Davis had a team-best 21 points in his NBA debut.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan's BlackJack Speed Shop is finally open for business and his teammate, Patty Mills, got his ride the BlackJack treatment.
Mills took his VW R to TD's shop and got it customized. I am sure the team over at BlackJack took time and gave it their all to make Mills' ride look this great. You know, the same approach TD takes in the NBA...
For Tim Duncan, the NBA lockout last season may have been a huge blessing. If he was on the court keeping busy and playing for the San Antonio Spurs, he might have kept putting his plans to open up "BlackJack Speed Shop," his own car and customization shop.
Duncan opened up about his new business venture and spoke a bit about his new shop, including on one of the reasons...
Some San Antonio Spurs fans were disappointed that they didn't see Kawhi Leonard against the Denver Nuggets last night and were fearing the injury could be much worse than expected. According to Marc Spears on Twitter, there's nothing to worry about Spurs fans:
Spurs assign injured F Kawhi Leonard (knee, quad) to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League for...
Second-year small forward Kawhi Leonard said he will return for tonight’s home game against New Orleans.
Leonard had missed the past 18 games with quadriceps tendinitis. It will mark the first time since the Spurs’ home loss to New York on Nov. 15 that they’ve had a full roster.
“I’m feeling good, ready for tonight’s game,” Leonard said. “It’s been a while since...
SAN ANTONIO -- Twenty eight games into the season, the San Antonio Spurs have had to deal with their share of injuries and absences. Back to full strength for the first time since November, and with consistent play from Tim Duncan, it was enough to get them into the win column again. Duncan had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs defeated the New Orleans Hornets 99-94 Friday...
Kawhi Leonard is expected to return to the Spurs' lineup on Friday against New Orleans:
After missing 5 weeks, Spurs plan to activate Kawhi Leonard for Friday's game vs Hornets, sources tell Y! Leonard working out w/ team today.
The Spurs also released James Anderson to make room for Leonard's return:
The San Antonio Spurs are not only labeled as "boring", but they've had a history of bringing in international players to help the team on their quest for a championship. This season the Spurs might have the most talented international group compared to past years with Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Nando De Colo (France), Boris Diaw (France), and Patty Mills (Australia)...
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili returned from his quad injury last night against the Denver Nuggets, finishing with a strong performance of 16 points, six assists, six rebounds and two steals in a losing effort, but it's clear the all-star guard has a ways to go before he's back to 100 percent.
In an interview on elpatagonico.net, Ginobili, who has suffered his...
Tony Parker had 25 points and Tim Duncan had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Charlotte Hornets 99-94 on Friday night.
Back home after playing six of their past seven games on the road, San Antonio (19-9) got 13 points from Manu Ginobili and 12 from Boris Diaw.
Rookie Anthony Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead New Orleans (5-21), which suffered...
The San Antonio Spurs (19-8) will return to action tonight as they host the New Orleans Hornets (5-20) at the AT&T Center and end a two-game losing streak. Tonight's game will also mark the return of Kawhi Leonard for San Antonio after he was dealing with a bout of tendonitis.
The Spurs won the first matchup 99-95 at New Orleans on the Spurs opening night. Tim Duncan...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker had 25 points and Tim Duncan had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat the New Orleans Hornets 99-94 on Friday night.
Back home after playing six of its previous seven games on the road, San Antonio (19-9) got 13 points from Manu Ginobili and 12 from Boris Diaw.
Rookie Anthony Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead New Orleans...
The matchup of the game for Friday when the New Orleans Hornets visit the AT&T Center to face the San Antonio Spurs is between Tim Duncan and Anthony Davis. The last time these two teams met Duncan got the better in the first matchup.
It was a very impressive stat line for both men with Duncan scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds and Davis scoring 21 points and grabbing...
In case you haven’t noticed, Kevin Durant is ridiculously good. His offense has always been there, but the rest of his game is what is beginning to really impress people. We just showed you his chase down block on James Anderson of the Spurs, so of course, he decided to follow it up with another impressive defensive display.
If you still have some doubts about Durant’s ability...
SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the New Orleans Hornets 99-94 Friday night at the AT&T Center. The 36-year-old forward, who is in his 16th season, continues to play at a youthful level as he added five assists, two blocks and two steals in 32 minutes. His performance, and a Spurs' victory were much needed after...
It’s no simple task to accurately rank this year’s Portland Trail Blazers‘ squad, and their performances over the last week exemplify this statement.
With games against Toronto, San Antonio and New Orleans on tap for Portland, it seemed feasible they’d be able to escape the week with at least two wins. San Antonio possessed (at the time) the best record in the...