Hornets Fall To Spurs In Season Opener

Despite an excellent NBA debut for rookie Anthony Davis and a new career high in assist for Grevis Vasquez, the Hornets lost their first game of the season to the San Antonio Spurs, 99-95. It was a close game all the way down to the wire. The Hornets were up by 1 95-94 with just under a minute left in game before Tony Parker hit a huge 3-pointer to give the Spurs a 2 point lead. The Hornets had a chance to take the lead and force the Spurs to hit another big shot but Grevis Vasquez 3 point attempt was just a little to short. Tim Duncan grabbed the rebound and put the game on ice by hitting 2 free throws after being fouled.

October 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis (23) shoots over San Antonio Spurs power forward Boris Diaw (33) during the first quarter of a game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The Hornets put up a good fight against a finely tuned Spurs team. The Hornets saw a lot of good production from more than a few players. Anthony Davis led the team with 21 points on 6-12 shooting from the field while hitting 9-9 free throws. Davis also grabbed 7 rebounds and blocked 1 shot in his NBA debut. Grevis Vasquez continued to show signs of being capable to run a team as he set his new career high in assist with 13. Vasques also scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds and only turned the ball over twice.

It may not show in the box score but Al-Farouq Aminu had a monster game. It was just yesterday when Aminu’s had his 2013-2014 team option declined, but he came out of the gates smoking today. Aminu was all over the court as he scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, with 3 assist, 2 steals, and 3 highlight blocks. Aminu was doing it all Wednesday night. Aminu’s 3rd block came near the end of the game with the game tied at the 3 minute mark. Aminu swatted away a Tony Parker Layup then sprinted down the court to be rewarded for a monster slam.

 

Austin Rivers was one of the few Hornets players to not have a “good game”. If it wasn’t for a wide open fast break at the end of the game Rivers would have went 0-8 from the floor in his NBA debut. Rivers got the start in the place of still injured Eric Gordon. Rivers just could not find a rhythm out there,at least he made his free throws as he made 5-6 and finished with 7 points.

The Spurs were of course led by Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. Duncan had game highs 24 points and 11 rebounds while Parker scored 23 points with 6 assist.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS (1-0)
FIELD GOALSREBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
K. Leonard F-G 34:17 6-13 3-6 4-4 +12 1 6 7 1 5 5 2 0 3 19
T. Duncan F 34:22 10-15 0-0 4-5 +13 2 9 11 3 3 0 5 3 0 24
B. Diaw F-C 29:49 2-3 0-1 0-0 +13 2 2 4 6 1 2 2 1 0 4
D. Green G-F 32:37 4-11 1-5 0-0 -4 0 3 3 0 1 1 1 2 2 9
T. Parker G 35:25 9-19 1-1 4-6 +12 0 3 3 6 2 0 0 0 1 23
S. Jackson 24:45 2-6 0-3 3-6 -4 1 4 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 7
M. Bonner 09:32 1-3 1-2 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 3
T. Splitter 15:50 3-5 0-0 1-2 -9 3 3 6 1 1 0 1 0 0 7
G. Neal 17:20 1-5 0-2 0-1 -3 1 2 3 3 1 0 1 0 0 2
P. Mills 06:03 0-0 0-0 1-2 -4 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1
D. Blair DNP – COACH’S DECISION
N. De Colo DNP – COACH’S DECISION
C. Joseph DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 240 38-80 6-20 17-26 10 33 43 22 21 9 15 8 6 99
47.5% 30.0% 65.4% TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (0-1)
FIELD GOALSREBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
A. Aminu F 37:06 8-16 0-1 1-2 -17 0 7 7 3 2 2 3 3 1 17
A. Davis F-C 29:04 6-12 0-0 9-9 -20 3 4 7 0 0 1 0 1 1 21
R. Lopez C 25:32 4-10 0-0 0-0 -15 3 6 9 3 2 0 2 1 1 8
A. Rivers G 24:06 1-9 0-2 5-6 -2 0 1 1 2 3 0 3 0 2 7
G. Vasquez G 37:28 4-8 0-3 0-0 -5 0 6 6 13 3 1 2 0 0 8
R. Mason Jr. 27:03 3-7 2-4 0-0 -1 0 1 1 2 5 0 0 0 1 8
R. Anderson 28:51 3-10 1-5 4-4 +16 0 5 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 11
J. Smith 16:34 5-6 0-0 2-2 +12 3 3 6 1 1 1 1 1 0 12
D. Miller 14:08 1-2 1-2 0-0 +15 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 0 0 3
B. Roberts 00:09 0-0 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
X. Henry DNP – COACH’S DECISION
L. Thomas DNP – COACH’S DECISION
H. Warrick DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 240 35-80 4-17 21-23 9 34 43 26 20 7 13 6 8 95
43.8% 23.5% 91.3% TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15

Topics: New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs

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