Spurs aims to sweep the Hornets
The San Antonio Spurs will attempt to extend their winning streak to 10 games and aims at a four-game season sweep when they host the New Orleans Hornets at the AT&T Center tonight.
With Eric Gordon back in their lineup, the Hornets will try to avoid a 14th loss in 16 road games against the Spurs.
After appearing in just two games and missing 47 straight due to a right knee injury, Gordon made his much-anticipated return during a 94-92 win over Denver last Wednesday night. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including the winning free throws with 2 seconds remaining. "(The knee) feels good," Gordon said.
"I just looked forward to winning and my individual game will come as far as stat-wise ... I'm looking forward to Friday."
Chris Kaman had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a season-best five blocks while Greivis Vasquez scored 11 to go along with 10 assists. New Orleans (14-40), which hasn't won two in a row since a season-best three-game run Feb. 13-17, improved to 2-1 when Gordon plays.
Two of San Antonio's wins against the Hornets came by a combined five points, though those games were at New Orleans Arena.
While the Hornets have managed to hold their own against the Spurs in their own building, it's been a different story at the AT&T Center of late.
New Orleans fell 93-81 at San Antonio on February 2 and is 2-13 in its last 15 visits.
The Spurs (38-14) are coming off a hard fought win, holding on to defeat Boston 87-86 on the road last Wednesday.
Tim Duncan had 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Spurs, who earned their ninth consecutive victory after Paul Pierce missed the potential winning jumper as time expired.
"It was a great game, great game," Duncan said. "We knew coming in here they're a playoff caliber team and there always a tough challenge and it was a good game for us, a good challenge for us."
The Spurs last won 10 in a row during a season-high 11-game run Jan. 30-Feb. 20. San Antonio is 17-2 when Duncan posts a double-double.
While the Hornets, get Gordon, Trevor Ariza and Carl Landry back in their roster, Emeka Okafor will be out because of an injury and Jarrett Jack, who sat out with a sore right ankle and is unlikely to suit up against the Spurs.
Jack has averaged 26.5 points and shot 56.1 percent in two games against the Spurs this season.
San Antonio is 21-4 at home and will plays five of their next six games at the AT&T Center, but they have to keep their focus and keep playing consistent basketball to keep their winning streak alive.