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'Complete' team impresses rival coach

The Sports Xchange

--New Orleans coach Monty Williams played in San Antonio and spent a season on Gregg Popovich's staff. Williams knows the Spurs, and what he saw Friday is a team that could win it all.

"That team is primed and ready to contend or at least make some noise in the playoffs," Williams said after the Spurs routed the Hornets 128-103. "They have shooting. They space correctly. They execute out of timeouts. Defensively, they knew what we were running. They took us out of our stuff.

"Normally I talk about us and what we didn't do, but that Spurs team is about as complete as I've seen. They have the point guard play, they have the guards. They have four or five guys who can play the pick-and-roll. They have the post option in Tim (Duncan) and (Tiago) Splitter. They space the floor well. Pop has those guys ready to play."

--The Spurs' 128 points Friday was a season high, eclipsing the 125 scored Tuesday at Cleveland.

San Antonio also shot 61 percent against New Orleans and scored a season-high 72 points in the first half. The Spurs are humming.

"We played really well, it's hard to compare," Manu Ginobili said. "But we really executed well, we shot well, screens were great. I think we were very sharp. Defensively, we made a few mistakes, but when your offense is so sharp you have a little margin of error."

"New Orleans has been playing hard all year long under tough circumstances, and tonight we just played really, really well in the first half and were able to jump on them fortunately. I really enjoy watching them play night in and night out, as far as showing character and grit in a tough situation." -- Coach Gregg Popovich, on Friday's win over the Hornets.

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