Parker scores 25, Spurs beat Hornets 99-94

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm •  Published: December 21, 2012
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A home game was exactly what the weary San Antonio Spurs needed.

Tony Parker scored 25 points and Tim Duncan had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs beat the skidding New Orleans Hornets 99-94 on Friday night.

Back home after playing six of their past seven on the road, San Antonio (19-9) got 13 points from Manu Ginobili and 12 from Boris Diaw in snapping a two-game skid.

Top draft pick Anthony Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead New Orleans (5-21), which lost its 10th straight. Greivis Vasquez added 14 points, Ryan Anderson 12 and Brian Roberts 11.

Aided by a couple days of rest and a healthy roster, the Spurs fought off a late rally by the Hornets.

Kawhi Leonard had eight points, two rebounds, two steals and an assist after missing a month with a knee injury. Stephen Jackson added five points in his second game back from a broken finger.

"It was great to be back (at home), and it is going to take a little time getting used to having those guys back," Duncan said. "A lot of adjustments right now, but it is good to be home and good to have everybody back to full strength."

The depth was evident in the second quarter when eight players scored as San Antonio went on a 19-9 run to build its largest lead. Parker's layup gave the Spurs a 52-36 lead with 3 minutes left in the first half.

Leonard made a 3-pointer during the run, scoring on his only attempt a minute after entering the game for the first time.

"I've been very anxious to play basketball," Leonard said. "I just took my time with the injury. I didn't want it to pop back up during the season, so I just took the time out to get better.

"I've been conditioning for two weeks, so I felt great."

Leonard's return allowed Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to limit everyone's playing time, which proved critical in the final quarter.

New Orleans outscored San Antonio 33-27 in the fourth, including a jumper by Roger Mason that pulled the Hornets to 84-80 midway through the period.



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