The San Antonio Spurs did what they do best to spoil rookie Anthony Davis' NBA debut. Capitalizing on a late Tony Parker three-pointer and a few free throws, the Spurs outlasted the New Orleans Hornets 99-95 to win their season opener.
Davis was every bit the No. 1 overall prospect for the Hornets, putting in 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds in his rookie debut. Not to be outdone, former No. 1 overall pick Tim Duncan had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, including two free-throws to put the game away late.
New Orleans used an inspired game from its bench in the first half to take a seven point halftime lead, but San Antonio roared back in the third quarter, going on a 19-5 run to start the frame.
Greivis Vasquez was a bright spot for the Hornets, finishing with eight points and 13 assists. Rookie Austin Rivers really struggled, though, and finished with only one field goal in nine attempts on his way to seven points.
Parker finished with 23 points and Kawhi Leonard had 19 for the Spurs, who have now won 11 consecutive regular season games, dating back to last year.
The Spurs will travel to Oklahoma City tomorrow night to face the Thunder, but still might be without sixth-man Manu Ginobili. The Hornets will get the Utah Jazz at home on Friday night, and look to continue their impressive defensive performance while getting a win in their second home game this season.
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