May 5: Hornets 102, Spurs 84Posted by Inside Hoops
The AP reports: Chris Paul had 30 points and 12 assists, leading the New Orleans Hornets to a 102-84 victory Monday night and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven, second-round series. Peja Stojakovic made five 3-pointers and scored 25 points for the Hornets, who’ve won both games by wide margins in becoming the first team to put San Antonio in an 0-2 playoff hole since 2001, when the Spurs were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals… After allowing David West to score a career playoff-high 30 points in the series opener, the Spurs held the All-Star power forward to 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting. But West remained active under the basket with 10 rebounds… Tyson Chandler had 11 rebounds and all of his five points, including an alley-oop dunk of Paul’s lob, during a key stretch midway through the fourth quarter when the Hornets prevented San Antonio from getting within single digits. Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 18 points and eight rebounds, far better than his miserable Game 1, when he tied a career playoff low with five points and three rebounds. But by the final minutes, Duncan was on the bench, resting his cheek on his hand with a dejected 100-yard stare.
InsideHoops.com Stat Notes: The Hornets shot 48.0%, the Spurs 42.5%. The Hornets nailed 10-of-17 three-pointers (Peja Stojakovic hit 5), the Spurs an awful 8-of-27. The Hornets got to the free throw line more, and hit a better percentage. Rebounds and assists were close, but the Spurs had 15 turnovers, the Hornets just 8.
For the Hornets, Chris Paul (11-of-20) had 30 points and 12 assists. Peja Stojakovic (8-of-13, 5-of-7 threes) had 25 points and 6 rebounds. Morris Peterson (5-of-5) scored 12. David West (miserable 2-of-11) had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (but 4 of the team’s 8 turnovers). Bonzi Wells hit just 1-of-6 off the bench.
For the Spurs, Tim Duncan (6-of-11) had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Brent Barry (4-of-5, all threes) had 14 points and 3 assists in under 18 minutes. Manu Ginobili had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists, but 5 turnovers. Tony Parker had a quiet 11 points on awful shooting and as many turnovers as assists.