The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 December 2006

San Antonio rose

And the Spurs in their might sought to smite the Hornets, jumping out to an 11-2 lead early on. The Bees, more shorthanded than usual — Tyson Chandler has something that looks like the flu — were not quite daunted, and came back to within five, but the tall Texans had an 11-point lead at the half, running it to 23 points at the end of the third, and after that it didn't matter: Spurs 103, Hornets 77.

Only two Hornets scored in double digits: Rasual Butler, who started at the two, with 17, and Desmond Mason, with 16 and 9 rebounds. Chris Paul, who played the first three quarters, scored only 6 points but served up 12 assists. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 24.

Perhaps more interesting than the actual game was Sean Kelley's revelation that TNT analyst Charles Barkley had lost a lot of money at an unspecified card game the night before, and kept playing until he'd won it all back. How much was a lot? "Commas were involved," said Kelley.

What this team needs now is to reclaim some of those starters from the infirmary.

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