It was a tough, hard-fought win for the Spurs, and it took Tim Duncan's best performance of the season and a career-best 17 assists from All Star point guard Tony Parker to seal the 104-102 win against a desperate New Orleans team who has lost 14 out of the last 15 games. The win takes the Spurs to 11-7 on the season and 2-6 on the road.
The Spurs came into this Monday night match up off two consecutive losses, and New Orleans was sporting the worst record in the NBA including seven straight losses, so both teams really wanted this game and you could feel the intensity from the opening tip. It was 56-55 San Antonio at halftime, and neither team had a lead greater than seven points the entire contest. And as you might expect in this kind of game, Carl Landry tipped in a Jarret Jack runner off the iron to tie it at 102 with under six seconds left in the game. Then Tim Duncan took the in-bounds pass took two dribbles and put up a picture perfect hook shot to stab a dagger in the heart of the Hornets and give the Spurs a two point lead. Carl Landry's off balance three point attempt fell short at the buzzer and Spurs fans all across Texas began celebrating.
Tim Duncan was the leading scorer for San Antonio with 28 points and 7 rebounds, and his partner in crime Tony Parker had yet another double-double in the game with 20 points and a career best (and downright amazing) 17 assists. Jarrett Jack had 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for New Orleans, and Trevor Ariza and Carl Landry each added 18 points.
San Antonio has the day off on Tuesday and then continues their grueling NBA schedule when Atlanta comes to town on Wednesday, January 25th. It doesn't get any easier for New Orleans as they have a day of rest and then travel to Oklahoma City for a match up against Kevin Durant and the Thunder.