Charlotte at San Antonio

Spurs beat 'Cats with big second half

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs gave Manu Ginobili at least one more night off, and they didn't need him.

Once Tony Parker and the rest of the Spurs got running, there was nothing the Charlotte Bobcats could do to stop them.

Parker scored 15 points, and the Spurs overwhelmed the Bobcats in the second half for a 102-72 victory on Friday night.

The Spurs (25-11) bounced back from a rare home loss earlier this week against Chicago to win for the 13th time in their last 15 games. The Bobcats (4-30), who were playing San Antonio for the only time this season, have lost four straight and 20 of their last 21.

"They don't have a great record, obviously, but coach [Paul] Silas isn't going to let them just walk out there and do nothing," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They were aggressive. They went after it and did everything they could. We got hot there in the second half and had a good run, and that was the game. But they busted their butts all night long and worked very hard."

Richard Jefferson scored 14 points and hit four 3-pointers, and Tim Duncan had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs. Matt Bonner added 14 points, and Kawhi Leonard had 10.

Corey Maggette and Boris Diaw each scored 14 points for the Bobcats, who were held below 100 points for the 21st straight game.

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San Antonio outrebounded Charlotte 55-37, with DeJuan Blair leading all players with 11 rebounds. Jefferson added seven for the Spurs, who outscored the Bobcats 51-31 in the second half.

San Antonio, which was playing the second game of a seven-game homestand, never trailed after the first quarter.

"Whenever you have a young team like they have, you have to always be aware of them coming out, getting off to a good start," Jefferson said. "We were a little rusty that first quarter, and as the game progressed, we picked it up."

The Spurs' defense frustrated the Bobcats throughout the game, with Charlotte hitting only 31 of 83 shots. Starting guards D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson combined to shoot 5 of 21.

"I just think as a group we're not shooting the ball well at all, and I start with myself," said Maggette, who shot 4 of 12. "We've got to be a better shooting team. When you're playing one of the best teams in the league and shoot 30-plus percent, it's hard for anybody to win."

Maggette was hounded by Jefferson all night long, who said the key was "good team defense. Great team defense."

Popovich was more direct in his praise.

"I thought he was real aggressive defensively tonight," Popovich said. "I thought he had a darn good defensive game. Corey's a tough nut. He likes to drive, he's real physical. I thought Richard had one of his better games in that regard."

The Spurs led 51-41 at halftime behind Parker's 13 points and Duncan's 10 points and eight rebounds. San Antonio held Charlotte to 17-of-49 shooting in the half to help overcome 10 turnovers.

Charlotte actually jumped out a 16-12 lead, but the Spurs went on a 11-0 run and led 29-20 after the first quarter.

Jefferson's 3-pointer with 4:23 left gave the Spurs a 17-16 lead they wouldn't lose the rest of the game.

Parker, the Spurs' only All-Star, hit all four of his shots in the quarter, and continually left the Bobcats frustrated with his quickness. After stealing a pass intended for Augustin at halfcourt with 3:25 left in the first quarter, Parker went in for an uncontested layup. Augustin never got past halfcourt, instead protesting what he thought was a foul.

"The thing with Tony is he's always getting better," Diaw said. "Season after season, it always surprises everybody else. Like, ah, that's the best he's been playing. Year after year, that's the best he's been playing. Nothing surprising anymore. He's doing great. I'm happy he got a chance to go to the All-Star game this year. He's really a point of focus on his team now."

Notes

  • Bobcats starting C Bismack Biyombo missed the game after suffering a left shoulder strain in Wednesday's loss at Detroit. DeSagana Diop started in his place.
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Tony Parker scores 15 points in the Spurs' win as the Bobcats suffer their 20th loss in 21 games.  (US Presswire)
Tony Parker scores 15 points in the Spurs' win as the Bobcats suffer their 20th loss in 21 games. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
Charlotte (4-30)2021181372
San Antonio (25-11) «29222328102
CHA:C. Maggette 14 Pts
CHA:D. Diop 7 Reb
CHA:D. Augustin 5 Ast
SA:T. Parker 15 Pts
SA:D. Blair 11 Reb
SA:T. Parker 4 Ast
Players of the Game
CharlotteSan Antonio

Boris Diaw

Tim Duncan
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
14631483
Charlotte
C. Maggette, SF284-125-620314
G. Henderson, SG284-120-06318
B. Diaw, PF266-100-063114
D. Augustin, PG241-90-01502
D. Diop, C152-20-07124
K. Walker, PG244-110-13528
E. Najera, PF210-30-02020
D. Brown, SF202-52-33246
D. White, PF174-60-04118
R. Williams, SF141-30-01012
B. Mullens, C121-40-02032
M. Carroll, SG61-30-00112
T. Thomas, PF41-30-00002
B. Biyombo, PFDid Not Play
C. Higgins, PGDid Not Play
Totals 31-837-1037212172
 37.3%70.0% 
San Antonio
T. Parker, PG297-111-234115
R. Jefferson, SF284-82-271114
D. Blair, PF282-80-011234
T. Duncan, PF236-172-383114
D. Green, SF172-40-04024
G. Neal, SG243-81-22329
T. Splitter, PF214-81-25029
M. Bonner, PF205-70-041114
K. Leonard, SG172-56-650110
T. Ford, PG163-31-21337
J. Anderson, SG100-10-23100
C. Joseph, PG71-20-02202
M. Ginobili, SGDid Not Play
E. Dawson, PFDid Not Play
Totals 39-8214-21552017102
 47.6%66.7% 
Other Games
Mem 102 Final
Tor 99
Mil 94 Final
Atl 99
NJ 94 Final
Bos 107
Chi 112 Final
Cle 91
Dal 92 Final
NO 97
Den 117 Final
Hou 105
GS 83 Final
Phi 105
Mia 98 Final
Utah 99
Sac 107 Final
LAL 115
LAC 78 Final
Pho 81