West, Hornets Push Spurs to Brink, Lead 3-2

Forward has 38 points, 14 boards and 5 blocks in 101-79 victory
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 12:03 AM CDT
West, Hornets Push Spurs to Brink, Lead 3-2
New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul (3) drives to the basket around San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9), of France, in the first half of Game 5.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

David West and the New Orleans Hornets sure looked happy to be at home. West had career playoff highs of 38 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots, lifting New Orleans to a 101-79 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night and a 3-2 series lead. New Orleans looked impressive in winning the first two games at home but stumbled in San Antonio.

Chris Paul had 16 of his 22 points in the second half and added 14 assists for New Orleans, which has never advanced past the second round of the playoffs. Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 20 points and Tony Parker had 18. The Hornets held Tim Duncan to 10 points, though Duncan was a force on the glass with 23 rebounds. (More basketball stories.)

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