...Charley Rosen even thinks the Spurs were not getting calls last night.
For things not Phil Jackson, I think Charley will give you a pretty straight analysis.
Speaking of fouls.
This was certainly a hard-hitting contest with the Hornets achieving a much higher slugging percentage than the visiting Spurs.
Because their shots weren't falling, the Spurs concentrated on driving the ball to the hoop, yet they were awarded only 18 free throws (one of which was created by a deliberate ploy in the endgame so that Scott could get his scrubs into the game) compared to 33 by the Hornets. Despite both Duncan (one free throw) and Parker (five FTs) being routinely bumped, hacked and downright clobbered, the refs mostly sucked on their whistles until the Hornets had the ball.
It's called the home-court advantage.
(And by the way, the visiting team has the final say in positioning its players along the foul-lane when free throws are in the offing. Meaning that Joey Crawford erred in nailing both teams with delay-of-game warnings when the Hornets kept playing switcharoo in trying to match up Chandler with Duncan.)
See the second half game thread for more discussion on the way the refs called the game.