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.
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)|
|D. Blair||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|N. De Colo||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|C. Joseph||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|47.5%||30.0%||65.4%||TEAM REBS: 8||TOTAL TO: 16|
|NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (0-1)|
|R. Mason Jr.||27:03||3-7||2-4||0-0||-1||0||1||1||2||5||0||0||0||1||8|
|X. Henry||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|L. Thomas||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|H. Warrick||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|43.8%||23.5%||91.3%||TEAM REBS: 4||TOTAL TO: 15|