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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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One night after Tim Duncan scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a come from behind win over Houston, it was somewhat surprising that the 35 year old forward even played.
Parker filled the stat sheet, helping the Spurs win over the Hornets 93-81.
Coach Gregg Popovich who vowed to limit Duncan’s minutes gave his perennial All Star a chance to show that his legs are still strong enough to play on back-to-back nights.
However, the New Orleans Hornets didn’t make it easy.
Carl Landry scored 17 points and Greivis Vasquez added 16 points and kept the game close for three quarters before the Spurs turned up their defense to pull away in in the fourth period.
New Orleans trailed by just 3 points after the third quarter but was outscored 22-13 in the final period as they shot just 29 percent from the floor.
As usual, Duncan and Tony Parker led the way for San Antonio.
Duncan scored a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds in just 22 minutes of play, while Parker had 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds in 35 minutes of action.
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.
Last week, it was reported that an amnesty provision could be a part of the new labor agreement. With that in mind, it would be interesting to talk about on which players should be released by their NBA teams once the provsion takes effect.
Here’s how each Southwest division teams could use their amnesty clause.
Brendan Haywood. The Mavericks are set to pay Haywood $45.4 million through 2016 for being a backup center.
Tyson Chandler has done a great job on the middle, helping the Mavs win their first NBA title. With former Spur Ian Mahinmi in tow, I believe Haywood is dispensable.
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I don’t hate Richard Jefferson, but should the Spurs elect to use their amnesty provision this one is a “no-brainer”, Jefferson should be the one to cut. He is set to make $9.3 million, $10.1 million, and $11 million over the next three years.