New Orleans Hornets 96, San Antonio Spurs 72
There is no sense in dwelling on this one. The Hornets crushed the Spurs tonight.
One night after holding the Atlanta Hawks to 59â€”yes, you read that correctlyâ€”the Hornets defense held the Spurs, arguably the best offense in the NBA, to anÂ embarrassingly low 72 total points.Â Â Everything was embarrassingly low for the Spurs, in fact. The Spurs lost the rebound war by 25 and only managed to score 12 and 10 points in the first and third quarters, respectively.
New Orleans, whose defense was anchored by Emeka Okafor’s interior presence (5 blocks), officially has everyone’s attention. Simply put, New Orleans’ team defense was easily the best San Antonio has seen all season.
Bright spots for San Antonio (other than the fact that the game is over): Â George Hill’s sprained thumb did not force him to miss consecutive contests, Tiago Splitter made the most of his minutes (led the team with 11 points), and Larry Owens played well in the extended garbage time that was the 4th quarter. Who knows if Owens will stick with the Spurs, but one got a sense of why the Spurs were willing to offer him a 10 day contract.
Finally,Â even thoughÂ Gregg Popovich is sure to not like the outcome of this game, I’ll bet he’s proud of Monty Williams. It’s always nice to leave a 24 point beat down with a silver lining under your arm. It makes the bus ride easier.