Duncan, Blair led Spurs to defeat pesky Hornets

This article is cross posted at Spurs Basketball.

DeJuan Blair kept the San Antonio Spurs in the game and finished with a team-high 23 points, Tim Duncan scored on two key baskets down the stretch as the Spurs rallied just in time to avoid an embarrassing loss to the short-handed New Orleans Hornets.

San Antonio trailed by a point twice in the final two minutes, but Duncan responded each time, atoning for a lackluster game by making two free throws and tipping in a missed shot with 1:19 left to give the Spurs the lead for good and won the game 89-86.

“New Orleans was more efficient than we were and executed better than we did,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “So we just had to hang in there and keep plugging. That is probably the best thing we did was keep on pushing, and at the end of the game it worked out. We were fortunate.”

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Duncan, Parker carries Spurs past Hornets

After missing most of the fourth quarter in a heartbreaking loss to the Sacramento Kings, and sitting out one game in another defeat against the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan wouldn’t let the Spurs suffer a third straight setback.

Duncan led the Spurs to victory with 28 points and seven rebounds.

Duncan scored a season-high 28 points including a 13-foot running hook inside the lane to lead San Antonio to a 104-102 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night and improve their record to 11-7.

Duncan two clutch free throws with 1:16 to left to give the Spurs a 102-98 lead, but Jarrett Jack hit a reverse layup in a crowd to make it a one possession game, and then the Hornets got a pair of critical defensive stops to set up Carl Landry’s tip-in on of Jack’s missed floater, tying the game at 102 with 5.2 seconds left.

The Spurs immediately took timeout and then fed the ball to Duncan, who seemed to have no intention of giving it up as he went strong to the lane for his clutch running hook over Emeka Okafor that proved to be the final margin.

The Hornets inbounded the ball to Landry for a 3-pointer that could have won it as time expired, but the shot fell short.

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Video: Melo League beats Goodman League 149-141 in showdown

As reported by The Washington Times, the Goodman League vs. Melo League held at Morgan State University in Baltimore on Tuesday was a success.

Melo League vs. Goodman League highlights

In a battle that would rival any NBA finals contest, the highlight of the evening was a hard-fought, one-on-one battle between Kevin Durant and LeBron James, each delivering a show-stopping offensive performance while being guarded by the other.

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