New Orleans (14 - 27)
San Antonio (33 - 11)
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD
(AP) -- After sweeping a two-game trip to break out of their road funk, the San Antonio Spurs look to continue their dominance at home.
It may not be as easy as expected against the New Orleans Hornets, who have given the Spurs a tough time this season.
San Antonio will try for its 15th consecutive home win and sixth overall Wednesday night against a New Orleans team that could be without its franchise big man.
The Spurs (33-11) haven't lost in San Antonio in more than two months, running their streak to 14 with a 95-88 victory over Golden State on Friday. They improved to an NBA-best 18-2 on their home floor, winning there during the streak by an average of 16.0 points.
With a win over the last place Hornets (14-27), the Southwest Division leaders can move one step closer to the franchise record of 22 consecutive home wins set during the 2010-11 season.
The Spurs have won 15 of 17 at home against New Orleans, but victories in this season's series have been difficult to come by regardless of the venue. San Antonio has won two of three by a total of nine points, and lost 95-88 in New Orleans on Jan. 7.
It won't help that the Spurs are expected to be without Manu Ginobili for a fifth straight game because of a strained left hamstring. Ginobili has contributed 34 points and 11 assists in 49 minutes of the two games he's played against New Orleans.
The Hornets, however, have their own injury scare to deal with after Anthony Davis hurt his left ankle and sat out the second half of a 114-105 win over Sacramento on Monday.
"I landed on (a) foot and rolled it," Davis said. "Pretty sure I should be back. It's fine."
Davis, who missed 11 games earlier this season due to a stress fracture in the same ankle, will be a game-time decision. It would be a big loss considering the No. 1 overall pick has averaged 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds against the Spurs.
After a 7-25 start, New Orleans has won seven of nine - including three of its last four on the road.
That surge has coincided with the return of Eric Gordon, who has averaged a team-high 17.4 points since debuting after offseason knee surgery. Gordon had 24 to lead the Hornets past the Spurs earlier this month.
New Orleans has averaged 106.8 points and shot 33 of 84 (39.3 percent) from beyond the arc in their last four, but is likely to have a tougher time against the Spurs.
San Antonio has limited the Hornets to 11 of 46 (23.9 percent) shooting from 3-point range this season. Ryan Anderson, who's hit an NBA-high 125 3-pointers, is 6 of 18 against the Spurs while averaging just 12.0 points.
Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Tony Parker added 20 points as the Spurs closed on a 15-3 run to win their fifth straight, 90-85 at Philadelphia on Monday.
"When you've been playing a long time, and you have a great coach, you know what to do," Parker said.
Parker had 25 points to lead the Spurs to a 99-94 victory on Dec. 21 in the most recent home meeting with the Hornets.
While the Spurs rank near the top of the NBA in scoring (104.0) and 3-point percentage (38.2), they've averaged just 95.3 points and shot 16 for 59 (27.1 percent) from beyond the arc against the Hornets.
Last edited by Eddy from Austin; 01-23-13 at 07:19 PM.
Spurs Injury Update
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Tim Duncan (sore left knee) and Kawhi Leonard (left patella contusion) are both out for Wednesday night’s game versus the New Orleans Hornets.
The team also announced that Manu Ginobili is expected to be in uniform tonight after missing the previous four games with a Grade 1 left hamstring strain suffered on Jan. 13 versus Minnesota.
This is the BIGGEST WAKE UP CALL of Reality Bites game for the Spurs this year.
GREAT TEST if other Spurs will step up BIG TIME and Embrace their roles and sub in smartly!
Not only TD but also Kawhi is out tonight and vs. those pesky Hornets. Despite them missing ADavis they are still very deadly with their hard physical D.... Gordon will bring their best vs. Spurs that is for sure....
As long as Spurs keep sharing the ball and attacking the basket and get to the free throw line and defend hard and collect those defensive rebounds they should be fine.
Go Spurs Go!!!!
Go Spurs Go!
Spurs when huge at home tonight.......
I think he's going to be a star. And as time goes on, he'll be the face of the Spurs, I think.--- Coach Pop on Leonard
That was one hard fought battle!
Spurs did it!
Such a GREAT win without TD or Kawhi...
Tony Parker was HIGH all game long!!!!!!!Well Done TP9!
Manu saved us in the last few minutes! Manu was AMAZING!
Tiago was Great and Cap'n Jack was FANTASTIC!
Green gives glimpses of Great and few bonehead mistakes but he is all right!!!
Go Spurs Go!
Go Spurs Go!
Poorly coached thru the 1st 3 quarters but Bud finally figured it out in the 4th. There were several times on both offense and defense when a time out should have been called to straighten out the mess.
The ups and downs were so vastly large. This is due to the change in the line up which was so big since TD and Kawhi were out....Very difficult matchup with the Hornets being all healthy and Spurs not!
The Adjustment in Half time was Very Well Done by Coach Bud. I was thinking maybe Pop called him on the phone and told him to do this....Just kidding
But that huge 4th quarter was telling how strong this Spurs team is and I am glad they figured it out by themselves and played like a TEAM at the end.
Coach Bud had a very difficult task, but he did good given all the HUGH missing pieces... Great win for Coach Bud.
Go Spurs Go!
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