Spurs Take Down Hornets 106-102
New Orleans (14-28) and San Antonio (34-11) have played many close games over the years. Wednesday night was no exception.
The Hornets shot an impressive 63% from the field in the first half, scoring 64 points in the first two quarters. The Spurs weren't far behind them, scoring 60 in the first half.
Defense picked up for the Spurs in the second half, and New Orleans couldn't overcome a late 12-2 San Antonio run. The spurt propelled the Spurs to a 106-102 victory.
New Orleans head coach Monty Williams (pictured) didn't seem to care much about his team's offensive output, as his visible ire in postgame was a result of poor defense.
"When you give up 32 and 28 points in the first and second quarter, you're not playing any defense at all," explained Williams. "It starts with me getting the guys on the floor who are going to defend."
Five Hornets finished in double-figures, including Greivis Vasquez, who finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 assists. Eric Gordon scored early and often, but struggled to get off clean looks in the second half. He finished with a team-high 17.
The bench trio of Ryan Anderson (16 points), Jason Smith (13 points), and Brian Roberts (10 points) helped lead the Hornets' reserves outscore the Spurs' bench 46-30.
The Hornets will look to bounce back at home this Friday when they host the Houston Rockets. Tip-off from the Hive is set for 7:00.
Thursday also marks big news for the franchise, as they are expected to unveil their future name change (Pelicans), as well as logo and color scheme.