Monday, November 01, 2004

Spurs Give Hornets the Boot


SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 29 (Ticker) -- Tony Parker is out to show he is more valuable to the San Antonio Spurs than team officials think.

Parker scored eight of his 16 points in the third quarter as the Spurs broke open the game and went on to a 102-86 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in the preseason finale for both teams.

Parker, who will be paid $1.5 million this season, broke off contract extension talks Wednesday after Spurs management declined to increase their offer of six years at $64 million. If no extension agreement is reached by Sunday, Parker can become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

San Antonio turned a 44-40 halftime lead into an 80-64 advantage after three quarters. Parker and Tim Duncan combined for 19 of the Spurs' points in the third. Duncan finished with 17.

Brent Barrycame off the bench to add 14 points, including consecutive 3-pointers late in the third quarter. Tony Massenburg chipped in with 12 for San Antonio (4-3), which won its fourth straight.

Baron Davis had 21 points and Chris Andersen added 13 and nine boards as the Hornets fell to 3-5.

New Orleans, which moves to the Western Conference this season, opens the regular season Wednesday at home against the Dallas Mavericks. San Antonio hosts the Sacramento Kings on the same night.