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QuickCap #1: Spurs shave past the Hornets, 99-95

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Spurs win in a wire-to-wire game, 99-95, over the New Orleans Hornets. The key to this game was Kawhi Leonard with 16 points and 5 steals in the 3rd quarter. Tim Duncan (had 24 points 11 rebounds 3 assists), was also crucial to the win for the Spurs tonight in New Orleans. Anthony Davis was also impressive in his first NBA game, as he had 21 points and 7 rebounds.

Final - 10.31.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
San Antonio Spurs 28 15 28 28 99
New Orleans Hornets 31 19 21 24 95

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  • First points of the season go to Tim Duncan from a Tony Parker pass in the pick and roll. Surprised?
  • Anthony Davis scores his first couple of shots as elbow jumpers.
  • Spurs offense is very up beat and active. Not too many preset plays being ran.
  • A defensive lapse gets a wide open dunk from the weak-side for the Hornets. Pop immediately jumps up and calls timeout, chewing people out.
  • Stephen Jackson the first sub of the season -- enters in for Danny Green.
  • Spurs allowed the Hornets to score 11 of the last 12 possessions, and paid for it.
  • Starting the quarter is Gary Neal, Danny Green, Stephen Jackson, Matt Bonner, Tiago Splitter
  • The Spurs have Stephen Jackson on Anthony Davis here. Interesting look.
  • Offense for the Spurs going stagnant. A lot of bricks off the rim.
  • On the other hand, the Hornets getting whatever they want.
  • Spurs not playing any sort of pro-level defense. Hornets shooting 54% FG so far
  • Spurs pick up their offensive game a little towards the last 3 minutes of the quarter.
Tony Parker 15 pts 1 ast 1 reb
Tim Duncan 10 pts 3 rebs 2 ast
Stephen Jackson 5 pts 4 rebs

  • Starting the half are the starters. They start with a full court press which throws the Hornets off
  • Spurs D is starting to increase in intensity. They are pressing more, taking risks with stepping into the passing lanes.
  • If you guessed Kawhi Leonard would come alive in the 3rd quarter, you were lying but also correct.
  • Kawhi stepping into passing lanes, leading fast breaks, making 3's.
  • This game was turned around single handedly by Kawhi Leonard.
  • First sight of Patty Mills, as well.
Kawhi Leonard 16 points 5 steals
Tony Parker 16 points 6 assists
Tim Duncan 15 points 6 rebounds

  • Starting the 4th: Patty Mills, Gary Neal, Danny Green, Stephen Jackson, Tiago Splitter
  • Spurs bring in their starters about 8 minutes in.
  • To say the Spurs fell stagnant halfway through the quarter is an understatement.
  • 5 turnovers in the 4th quarter so far for the Spurs.
  • The Spurs running their offense through Tim Duncan down the stretch.
  • Tony Parker with a clutch 3 with about 50 seconds remaining.
  • Stephen Jackson with a clutch defensive possession forces a shot up for the Hornets. Tim Duncan rebounds, gets fouled. Makes 2/2