Parker, Duncan lift Spurs over Hornets

10:49 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Tony Parker drained a 3-pointer late and Tim Duncan netted a pair of free throws to secure the victory, as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the New Orleans Hornets, 99-95, in the season opener for both teams.

Parker, who finished with 23 points and six assists, buried a three with 49.6 remaining to give San Antonio a 97-95 lead. Duncan powered the Spurs late in the fourth, scoring nine of San Antonio's final 12 points. He scored a game- high 24 points and also pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.

Anthony Davis, the top overall draft pick in 2012, did not disappoint for the Hornets in his regular season debut. He led New Orleans with 21 points on 6- of-12 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds. However, fellow rookie teammate Austin Rivers struggled most of the night, shooting just 1-of-9, scoring seven points.

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