The New Orleans Hornets were looking for the upset through three quarters of action on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs, but the experience and talent level of the Spurs shined through in a 99-95 victory for the visitors.
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Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were the leading scorers for the Spurs at New Orleans Arena.
Parker had 23 points and six assists in the game, while Duncan finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
The Spurs roared back in the third quarter after struggling in the first half, with second-year forward Kawhi Leonard leading the charge. Leonard finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
The Hornets ended the first half with a 50-43 lead, led by rookie No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis. Davis finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and one block in his first NBA game.
Al-Farouq Aminu had a great all-around performance for the hosts, posting 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks.
Player of the Game: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan can't really be 36 years old, can he?
Duncan continues to dominate at an older age, adding to his legend. He had a game-high 24 points on Wednesday to go along with 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
The 13-time All-Star, two-time MVP and four-time NBA champion continues to be a rock for the Spurs organization.
Next Up for Spurs
San Antonio hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at AT&T Center. It will be Oklahoma City's first game of the 2012-2013 campaign.
Next Up for Hornets
The Hornets host the Utah Jazz on Friday at New Orleans Arena. It will be Utah's second game of the season.