SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs' Big Three came through, but they'll still have to win one on the road to keep their title defense alive.
Manu Ginobili scored 25 points, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Tony Parker scored 15 points in the Spurs' 99-80 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in Game 6 on Thursday night.
The win forced a seventh game on Monday in New Orleans in the Western Conference semifinals. Home teams are 20-1 in the second round.
Chris Paul led the Hornets with 21 points. David West had 10 points before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter after apparently aggravating a back injury.
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The aging defending champions and the injured Hornets now get three days of rest before playing Game 7.
Despite the closeness of the series, Game 6, like the five before it, was won by double digits. It was also won, like those before it, in the third quarter, when the Spurs outscored the Hornets 20-12.
The Spurs took the lead for good after Parker's jumper with 4:27 left in the first quarter broke a 17-all tie. They led by as many as 24.
TIP-INS -- All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups has practiced with Detroit and is expected to be ready to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. ... Orlando shooting guard J.J. Redick expects to return next season, but he didn't back off his request to be traded if he can't find playing time. ... Cleveland guard Daniel Gibson will miss Game 6 against Boston after separating his left shoulder Wednesday. ... Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko missed practice because of a problem with his visa, a day before the Jazz hosts the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6. ... Mike Dunlap is leaving his job as Denver's assistant coach to serve on the staff at the University of Arizona.