NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 23rd (All times Eastern)
New Orleans Hornets (14-27) at San Antonio Spurs (33-11), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs return home with a five-game winning streak Wednesday night when they look for some revenge against the New Orleans Hornets.
The Spurs swept both of the games on their two-game road trip, besting the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, then defeating the Philadelphia 76ers, 90-85, on Monday.
The Sixers built a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter after the Spurs were up by as many as 17 in the second stanza. San Antonio brought back its varsity group and ended the game with a 15-3 run to get the victory.
The Spurs held the Sixers to one point over 13 possessions in the final frame and collected their NBA-best 33rd win. Oklahoma City also has 33 wins.
"We finally got stops at the other end," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. "We were fortunate to get the win."
Tim Duncan led the way with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Tiago Splitter also had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Tony Parker scored 20 points in the victory and Kawhi Leonard added 16.
The Spurs fell to the Hornets in New Orleans on Jan. 7. That night, four Spurs scored in double figures, but San Antonio only shot 28.6 percent from beyond the arc.
That victory played a huge part in the Hornets' recent turnaround. They've won seven of their last nine, including two in a row on the road.
Since Eric Gordon returned from a knee injury, the Hornets are 8-4 and Gordon leads the team in scoring at 17.4 ppg.
On Monday, New Orleans toppled the visiting Sacramento Kings, 114-105. They had a 25-point halftime lead and played sloppy in the second half, but held on for the victory.
"We got a win and that is the most important thing obviously," said Hornets coach Monty Williams. "We didn't like the sloppy play in the second half, but I am not going to dwell on that. There are things that happened in the game that we will try to correct tomorrow in practice. The good thing is our guys felt badly about it and that is something that shows character."\\
Ryan Anderson came off the bench with 27 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the 3-point line.
Greivis Vasquez had 19 points and 11 assists. Gordon chipped in 16 and rookie Anthony Davis, who stepped on a ref's foot and tweaked his leg, and Al-Farouq Aminu both cracked the 10-point mark.
Davis declared himself ready for Wednesday night immediately after Monday's win.
"It's fine," he said.
The Spurs are 18-6 in their last 24 against the Hornets and New Orleans has won only twice in San Antonio since the 2007-08 season.
01/23 10:52:07 ET