NEW ORLEANS, May 4 (UPI) -- David West scored 30 points Saturday night and the New Orleans Hornets beat San Antonio 101-82 in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.
The Hornets defense limited Tim Duncan to just five points on one field goal in nine tries -- a career playoff-worst for the Spurs big man. Duncan also was limited to three rebounds.
The Hornets out-rebounded the defending NBA champion Spurs by 50-34 and held San Antonio to just 33 points in the second half.
Game 2 is set for Monday in New Orleans.
The game was delayed for 19 minutes because the floor needed extensive cleanup from a stunt between the first and second quarters, in which the Hornets' mascot jumped through a ring of fire to dunk a basketball.