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Charlotte at San Antonio

Rookie Morrison scores career-high 27, 'Cats stun Spurs in overtime

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN ANTONIO -- Adam Morrison decided to relax a little bit after putting too much pressure on himself in the first few games of his career.

The idea paid off as Morrison scored 27 points, surpassing his career high from one night earlier, and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-92 in overtime Wednesday night.

"The coaches were telling me I was putting too much pressure on myself," Morrison said. "Everyone was expecting so much out of me, especially at the pick I went (third overall)."

Morrison started the season shooting 32 percent, including 10-of-43 (23 percent) through five straight games before Tuesday. But he has gone 21-for-41 the past two nights in Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

"This is a big win for us," Morrison said. "We've been in all those games we lost, so to finally get one is exciting."

Emeka Okafor added 19 points for Charlotte (2-6), which had lost four straight. It was the first victory over the Spurs in Bobcats franchise history after four previous tries.

Tony Parker scored 25 points and Tim Duncan added 24 and 13 rebounds for the Spurs (6-2), who had won five straight games.

Morrison, a rookie from Gonzaga, scored 21 points Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

He made his third start of the season Wednesday, and responded by hitting 12-of-23 from the floor, including 2-of-3 3-pointers.

He hit six of his first seven shots in the opening quarter while the rest of the Bobcats shot 3-of-15 to start the game.

"He is a basketball junkie," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He's a scoring machine. He's a fantastic young talent."

San Antonio could have tied the game with 29 seconds left in overtime, but Manu Ginobili missed a wide-open 3-pointer.

The Spurs were 3-of-12 in overtime while the Bobcats went 5-of-7.

"There were just too many lay-ups that we missed and too many mistakes that we made late," Duncan said. "Not to take anything away from Charlotte. They played great. We just helped them out a little too much tonight."

San Antonio outrebounded Charlotte by 20, but the Spurs wasted the effort by going 2-of-17 from 3-point territory.

Charlotte rebounded Ginobili's miss and got the ball in the hands of Raymond Felton, and the Spurs fouled him to stop the clock with 16 seconds.

Felton sank the first foul shot but missed the second. Okafor rebounded and slammed the ball back in to give the Bobcats a 95-89 lead.

"We were winning the whole game, but we finally finished one out on their homecourt," Okafor said. "This is a statement that we can do it. We didn't fold. It's a great morale booster."

Okafor entered the contest with four straight games of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds. In addition to his 19 points Wednesday, he had nine rebounds, five blocked shots and five steals.

Both teams had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but Brevin Knight missed an 18-footer that Ginobili rebounded and pushed up the floor.

Ginobili passed to Michael Finley, who missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

During a stretch of 6:08 in the first quarter Morrison scored 13 of 15 Bobcats points and Charlotte built a six-point lead.

But after the hot start, Morrison missed his next four shots.

After the Spurs won the previous night in a big effort to overcome a 19-point second-half deficit, Popovich already had pulled four of his starters with 4:24 before the end of the first quarter.

Notes

  • Finley hit his first four shots of the game and ended with a season-high 17 points from the bench.
  • San Antonio's pair of Argentine players were cold: Ginobili was 3-of-14 -- including 0-for-3 from 3-point territory -- and Fabricio Oberto was 0-for-4.
  • Morrison led the Bobcats with 48 minutes played, the second straight night he's topped 40 minutes.
  • Much of Morrison's night came against Spurs forward Bruce Bowen, who has three straight NBA All-Defensive first team honors.
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AmMo shows why he was chosen 3rd overall by scoring a career-high 27 points on the Spurs.  (Getty Images)
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Charlotte (2-6) «202820151295
San Antonio (6-2) 23211920992
CHA:A. Morrison 27 Pts
CHA:E. Okafor 9 Reb
CHA:B. Knight 9 Ast
SA:T. Parker 25 Pts
SA:T. Duncan 13 Reb
SA:M. Ginobili 7 Ast
Players of the Game
San AntonioCharlotte

T. Duncan

A. Morrison
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Charlotte
A. Morrison, SG4812-231-242427
E. Okafor, PF469-181-491419
B. Knight, PG454-102-339510
G. Wallace, SF423-93-43149
R. Felton, PG416-123-483517
B. Robinson, SG182-50-08124
S. May, F134-130-05018
J. Voskuhl, C70-11-21021
A. Anderson, SG40-10-00010
O. Harrington, PFDid Not Play
P. Brezec, CDid Not Play
M. Ely, PFDid Not Play
M. Carroll, SGDid Not Play
R. Hollins, CDid Not Play
W. Herrmann, SFDid Not Play
Totals 40-9211-1941172895
 43.5%57.9% 
San Antonio
T. Duncan, PF4110-204-6132324
M. Ginobili, SG403-146-6127212
T. Parker, PG4011-222-253225
B. Bowen, SF392-82-31106
F. Oberto, PF170-40-010320
M. Finley, SG327-133-371517
R. Horry, PF182-51-28016
F. Elson, C161-50-06232
B. Udrih, PG130-40-01010
B. Barry, SG90-10-00200
J. Vaughn, PGDid Not Play
E. Williams, PFDid Not Play
M. Bonner, PFDid Not Play
J. Butler, CDid Not Play
J. White, GDid Not Play
Totals 36-9618-2263211992
 37.5%81.8% 
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