NEW ORLEANS—Whatever new head coach Monty Williams is selling, the Hornets are buying.
The Hornets beat the San Antonio Spurs 98-91 Saturday night to move to 3-0 on the season. The Hornets, one of the worst defensive teams in the league last season, have yet to allow 100 points to an opponent this season.
The Hornets claimed their first road win, and first win at San Antonio since 2008.
Chris Paul scored 25 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and handed out 5 assists as Williams' Hornets defeated his mentor, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. David West scored 18 points, Marcus Thornton 17, and Willie Green added 12.
The Hornets led 43-42 at the half. New Orleans exploded in the third quarter, outscoring the Spurs 33-18. Early in the fourth a jump shot by Thornton gave the Hornets a 78-60 lead, their largest of the game.
The Spurs cut the lead to 93-90 on a jump shot by Manu Ginobili with 2:05 to play.
GInobili led San Antonio with 23 points.
The Hornets sit atop the Western Conference standings. It is a lofty spot for a club that won 37 games all of last season.