Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Biggest news tonight is not only Kawhi Leonard suiting up, there are no listed injuries for the Spurs (first since early November).
Spurs had two days rest and it shows early on -- two early turnovers. Spurs would go on a 10-0 run thanks to outstanding play from Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter. Those are two names who have been lighting it up recently. In the second half of the quarter, Hornets would respond with a 12-0 run of their own. Spurs would finish strong though, Spurs up 26-22 after 1.
Stephen Jackson and the bench would continue to extend the lead and play great defense against the Hornets squad. Kawhi Leonard enters for the first time and one possession into action he hits a corner 3. Welcome back! Spurs would finish off the half in a good place, up 54-42.
Both teams come out flat, but one fast break leading to a dunk from Tim Duncan (his second of the night) leads to a timeout from New Orleans head coach Monty Williams. Spurs would extend lead to 13, Spurs up 72-61.
The starters, I thought, would rest the 4th quarter, but the
Pelicans Hornets would fight back to bring it within 4. The starters come in and extend the lead back to 8 with a minute to go, 98-90. And with the bench to finish the last 60 seconds, the Spurs win 98-94.
|0:10 remaining in the 4th||1||2||3||4||Total|
|New Orleans Hornets||22||20||19||33||94|
|San Antonio Spurs||26||28||18||26||98|