SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- It took a predictably strong performance from
Tim Duncan, and an unusually good effort from Bruce Bowen, for the
San Antonio Spurs extend their winning streak to four games.
Duncan had 29 points and tied a career high with 23 rebounds,
while Bruce Bowen tied his career best with 21 points as the Spurs
beat the New Orleans Hornets 99-94 in overtime Monday night.
"It was a fantastic game for us,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich
said. "You had two fantastic basketball teams who went after each
other. I'm happy to be on the good end tonight.''
San Antonio went ahead 98-94 in the overtime on Bowen's
3-pointer with 2:37 to play. The Hornets shot just 2-of-11 in the
extra period and didn't score over the final 3:15.
David Wesley scored 20 points, Baron Davis had 18 and Jamal
Mashburn 16 for the Hornets, who have lost four of five. New
Orleans is 11-1 at home and 7-10 on the road, but it finished a
season-high seven-game road trip 4-3.
"I think that we did a really great job of just keeping in the
game, and the character of my team is incredible,'' Hornets coach
Paul Silas said. "The character of this group -- especially to hang
in this ballgame, with this type of road trip we had, says a lot.''
Duncan had 23 rebounds twice before, the last time against
Portland on March 19, 2001.
"This was a great win,'' said Duncan, who had 22 defensive
rebounds. "In the second and third quarter we kind of let them
back into the game, but we kept our composure, we kept rebounding
"We're on a roll, and we really need this right now. But we can
be an even better team than we are right now.''
Bowen, a career 5.4 scorer, shot 9-of-13 from the floor.
"I know my role, I know what I'm supposed to do, I'm a
defensive guy,'' Bowen said. "I had some wide open shots and they
fell. Once I had that confidence, they just fell.''
After New Orleans grabbed a 77-75 lead on Davis' jump shot to
open the fourth quarter, the Spurs answered with a 9-1 run. Davis
scored five straight points and tied it at 86 on two free throws
with 3:23 remaining.
Both teams missed several opportunities down the stretch before
David Robinson made two free throws to give San Antonio an 88-86
lead with 46.3 seconds left. Mashburn, who was only 7-of-23 from
the floor, tied it again on a 15-foot jumper with 32.4 seconds
"We've been playing much better these last four,'' said
Robinson, who added 10 points. "Now we're really starting to
believe in what we're doing and continue to get better. Consistency
is what characterizes this team. That is Spurs basketball at its
Duncan's one-handed dunk put the Spurs back in front before
Mashburn answered again with a jumper to tie it at 90 with 13.7
seconds left. Duncan missed a running 10-foot jumper at the buzzer
to force overtime.
After trailing by as many as 16 points in the second quarter,
New Orleans rallied in the third behind Wesley to take a 74-73
With Wesley scoring 13 points in the period, the Hornets
outscored San Antonio 30-22 in the period. The score was tied at 75
entering the fourth.
Game notes San Antonio outscored New Orleans 52-18 in the paint. ...
The Spurs are now 13-3 at home in the new SBC Center. ... San
Antonio is 5-0 against teams from the Eastern Conference ... The
Spurs came into the game leading the league in blocked shots (195)
and added 10 against New Orleans. ... Duncan's double-double was
his 20th of the season and 307th of his career. ... Hornets center
Elden Campbell sat out the game with a sore right knee.