With 9:26 minutes left in the fourth quarter on Monday, it looked like the San Antonio Spurs would not get over the hump in New Orleans, as the Pelicans had just taken an 82-70 lead. Patty Mills would knock down back-to-back jumpers for his own 5-0 run, then Danny Green, who had just rejoined the team prior to tip-off from a 10-game injury absence, would go on his own 5-0 run. Tony Parker (32 points, 9 assists) would put the finishing touches on the 10-0 run with a 3-foot floating jumper, as the Spurs would tie the Pelicans at 82 points apiece, in a matter of less than four minutes.
Getting stops is what the Spurs had needed all evening and those stops came at the right time – the fourth quarter. The Spurs would save their best defensive effort for the fourth quarter, as they held the Pelicans to 19 points, 38% shooting, forced 5 turnovers, and while doing all of this on the defensive end, Parker unleashed a closing fourth quarter with 11 points, while Tim Duncan (21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 blocks) provided six points in the final quarter to help the Spurs outscore the Pelicans 20-13 in the final 5:48. San Antonio would overcome a 14-point deficit in the fourth to defeat New Orleans 102-95 and begin the Rodeo Road Trip on the winning track.no comments