Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 1/24/13
Before tonight’s game, New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams called San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker a “one-man wrecking crew” when asked about the Spurs being without Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard. Parker did his part to live up to Williams’ high praise by finishing the game with 24 points and 13 assists with just one turnover as he led the Spurs back into the game with a wrecking crew-esque 10 fourth quarter points for a 106-102 win over the Hornets. The Hornets started the game on a blistering pace, shooting 83 percent from the field with just minutes remaining in the first quarter. After being down by 10 points late in the quarter, the Hornets cooled down as the Spurs heated up, getting to within three points with a Gary Neal three-pointer. After both teams drew iron through the first few minutes of the second, Matt Bonner scored the first five points of the second quarter to even up the game, but Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jason Smith kept the Spurs within arm’s reach. While Danny Green contributes eight second-quarter points to keep the game close, Gordon rattled off 17 first half points to give the Hornets a four point advantage going into the break. While the Spurs couldn’t quite get over the hump in the first half, they clamped down defensively in the second half. With the help of Tiago Splitter, who contributed 12 of his career-high tying 25 points in the third quarter, the Spurs were able to even up the game and take the lead. “I don’t think our shooting percentage from a distance was that good, so Tiago (Splitter) was making up for it in the paint. He was great,” Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I think a lot of credit goes to the guards for finding him and putting him in position to score. He was huge for us.” A Greivis Vasquez three gave the Hornets the lead for an instant before Parker led the Spurs back on an 8-0 run. The Spurs had their largest lead of 12 points with 1:42 remaining before the Hornets bounced back and went on an 11-0 run of their own to get within three points before Manu Ginobili sealed it up at the free throw line. While Gordon was five-of-six from the field and a perfect three-for-three from long range for 17 points in the first half, he went scoreless in the second half as the Spurs limited the Hornets 38 second half points after giving up 64 in the first half. “I think Danny (Green) set the tone. Danny did a great job with one-on-one defense on Gordon,” Spurs guard/forward Stephen Jackson said. “We tease him a little bit about last game when we played them because Gordon scored four straight on him so he took the challenge tonight, got two big steals and got us going in the second half”. Parker’s 24 point, 13 assist night counted for his 11th double-double of the season, and over the last four games, Parker is averaging 23 points and 10.3 assists per game. “I think he was focused from the beginning. He knew that we hadn’t played well against them last time,” Budenholzer said. “To have 13 assists and only one turnover shows how focused and how good he was.” While Duncan, Leonard and even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich were out for the game, it marked Manu Ginobili’s return. In 17 minutes, Ginobili finished with nine points, five assists, three steals and a big blocked shot late in the game. “I felt pretty good,” Ginobili said. “At the beginning, I was a little worried so I took it easy in the first few minutes. Then I started to loosen up and I knew I was going to play limited minutes, but I can’t complain.” With the win, the Spurs are now 34-11 on the season, are tied for first place in the Western Conference and extended their home winning streak to 15 games and now own the best home record in the NBA (19-2). The Spurs will look for their seventh consecutive win on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Russell Westbrook posterizes DeMarcus Cousins to seal win

Tampa Bay Lightning trade star goaltender Ben Bishop to the LA Kings in surprise deal

Divac makes bold promise after trading DeMarcus Cousins

Popovich praises Magic, wishes him well with Lakers

Report: Andrew Bogut likely to join Cavs after buyout

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Broncos expected to 'at least discuss' Romo

Report: Raiders don't expect to keep Latavius Murray

Report: Josh Hamilton needs another knee operation

Ball's father says comment about Lakers was misquoted

Revis hints he is open to taking significant pay cut

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker