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Gasol, Aldridge lead Spurs past cold-shooting Hornets 106-86

CJHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Gregg Popovich felt the San Antonio Spurs caught a scheduling break playing Charlotte on Saturday, one night after the Hornets played on the road at Cleveland.

It led to an easy night for the Spurs.

Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 17 points and seven rebounds, and San Antonio held the Hornets to 37 percent shooting in a lopsided 106-86 victory.

''That was a very difficult trip for the Hornets,'' Popovich said. ''It's like, basically unfair. Coming back after being in Cleveland, getting back that late and then having to play a seven o'clock game, that's a very difficult turnaround. All of us hate that particular deal. We all have to go through it, but we caught a break tonight.''

Hornets coach Steve Clifford agreed.

Sensing the Hornets had a chance to beat the Cavaliers on Friday night, Clifford played his starters extensively in the second half. The Hornets lost 100-99 to the Cavs and it ultimately may have cost them the game against the Spurs, too.

The energy the Hornets played with at Cleveland was not there, and it seemed to show early on as they missed a variety of open shots while shooting 22 percent in the first half.

''Obviously it took a lot out of us,'' Clifford said of the Cleveland game. ''I played those guys huge minutes. I thought to start the game tonight we had the right attitude. We had very little legs.''

Rudy Gay added 15 points for the Spurs, who snapped Charlotte's three-game home win streak.

The Hornets entered the game 7-2 at the Spectrum Center, but missed 35 of 45 shots in the first half and fell behind by 11 at the break. They could never make a serious run at the Spurs.

Kemba Walker, who left the game briefly in the third quarter with a left shoulder injury, returned to finish with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He didn't get much help as Charlotte's four other starters - Nic Batum, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams - were a combined 6 of 29 from the field.

The Hornets cut the lead to 50-42 in the third quarter, but the Spurs responded with a 9-0 run highlighted by Kyle Anderson's steal and dunk. Charlotte could never cut the lead to single digits after that point.

''Just ball movement, making the extra pass, trying to get to the rim and just finding the open guy,'' Aldridge said.

TIP-INS

Spurs: Anderson tied a career high with five steals. ... Outscored the Hornets 22-8 in the paint in the first half. ... Shot 6 of 25 from 3-point range.

Hornets: Howard was fined $35,000 by the NBA earlier in the day after making an obscene gesture to a fan during Friday night's 100-99 loss at Cleveland. .... Howard has 244 rebounds, the most any Charlotte player has had through the first 19 games of a season.

KEMBA SCARE

There was a scary moment in the third quarter when Walker went down with a left shoulder injury after colliding with Aldridge on a screen. Walker remained on the floor in the fetal position for about a minute before being helped up and taken to the locker room. He was diagnosed with a bruised left shoulder and returned to the game later in the quarter, but the Hornets were already down by 15.

Clifford said he breathed a sigh of relief when he saw Walker return to the bench.

Gasol sensed the Hornets were a little down when Walker left for the locker room.

''It seemed like it was something that potentially could have been something serious, then he comes back and he shows no sign of anything,'' Gasol said. ''I don't know exactly what happened there but he's their starting point guard and their best player.''

UGLY QUARTER

The first quarter might have been one of the ugliest of the season for both teams. The Hornets led 15-14 after 12 minutes despite hitting just 5 of 23 shots from the field. The Spurs weren't much better, converting just 6 of 23.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Host Mavericks on Monday night.

Hornets: Visit Raptors on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
L. Aldridge
12 F
K. Walker
15 G
35.4 Min. Per Game 35.4
22.6 Pts. Per Game 22.6
6.3 Ast. Per Game 6.3
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
49.7 Field Goal % 44.3
49.7 Three Point % 43.1
81.6 Free Throw % 85.6
+ 2 Brandon Paul made jump shot, assist by Joffrey Lauvergne 0:08
+ 1 Treveon Graham made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:31
  Treveon Graham missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:31
  Team rebound 0:31
  Personal foul on Joffrey Lauvergne 0:31
  Offensive rebound by Treveon Graham 0:31
  Treveon Graham missed floating jump shot 0:34
  Team rebound 0:48
  Dejounte Murray missed layup 0:51
  Bad pass turnover on Michael Carter-Williams, stolen by Dejounte Murray 0:54
  Offensive foul on Joffrey Lauvergne 1:03
Team Stats
Points 106 86
Field Goals 39-80 (48.8%) 31-84 (36.9%)
3-Pointers 6-25 (24.0%) 4-25 (16.0%)
Free Throws 22-25 (88.0%) 20-26 (76.9%)
Total Rebounds 51 52
Offensive 7 14
Defensive 37 28
Team 7 10
Assists 22 20
Steals 8 7
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 11 14
Fouls 19 19
Technicals 1 1
17 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
18 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Spurs 12-7 14263234106
home team logo Hornets 8-11 1514292886
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 12-7 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Hornets 8-11 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. Aldridge F 23.1 PPG 8.5 RPG 2.0 APG 51.0 FG%
K. Walker G 22.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 5.6 APG 43.1 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Aldridge F 17 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
K. Walker G 18 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
48.8 FG% 36.9
24.0 3PT FG% 16.0
88.0 FT% 76.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 33 17 7 4 0 2 0 3 6/13 0/1 5/5 2 5 34 +20
P. Gasol 24 17 7 3 0 2 1 3 5/14 2/7 5/6 1 6 31 -1
K. Anderson 31 14 5 3 5 0 2 0 6/8 0/0 2/2 1 4 28 +20
P. Mills 24 10 4 2 0 0 1 4 3/5 2/4 2/3 1 3 17 +18
D. Green 30 7 7 0 0 2 2 0 3/7 1/3 0/0 0 7 14 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 33 17 7 4 0 2 0 3 6/13 0/1 5/5 2 5 34 +20
P. Gasol 24 17 7 3 0 2 1 3 5/14 2/7 5/6 1 6 31 -1
K. Anderson 31 14 5 3 5 0 2 0 6/8 0/0 2/2 1 4 28 +20
P. Mills 24 10 4 2 0 0 1 4 3/5 2/4 2/3 1 3 17 +18
D. Green 30 7 7 0 0 2 2 0 3/7 1/3 0/0 0 7 14 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gay 23 15 6 4 2 0 2 1 6/10 0/3 3/3 0 6 29 +18
M. Ginobili 19 11 1 1 0 0 0 2 4/8 1/3 2/2 1 0 14 +8
D. Murray 23 6 3 2 1 1 2 2 2/4 0/0 2/2 1 2 13 +2
B. Forbes 15 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 2/8 0/3 1/2 0 2 7 -5
D. Bertans 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 +5
B. Paul 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 +3
J. Lauvergne 3 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 +3
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 106 44 22 8 7 11 19 39/80 6/25 22/25 7 37 198 +100
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 30 18 3 5 0 0 3 1 8/12 1/4 1/2 1 2 28 -12
D. Howard 22 10 11 0 1 0 1 3 3/10 0/0 4/7 4 7 21 -15
N. Batum 22 5 3 2 0 0 0 1 1/7 0/5 3/3 1 2 12 -15
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 21 3 3 1 0 1 0 1 1/8 0/0 1/1 2 1 9 -12
M. Williams 17 3 3 1 0 0 1 2 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 3 7 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 30 18 3 5 0 0 3 1 8/12 1/4 1/2 1 2 28 -12
D. Howard 22 10 11 0 1 0 1 3 3/10 0/0 4/7 4 7 21 -15
N. Batum 22 5 3 2 0 0 0 1 1/7 0/5 3/3 1 2 12 -15
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 21 3 3 1 0 1 0 1 1/8 0/0 1/1 2 1 9 -12
M. Williams 17 3 3 1 0 0 1 2 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 3 7 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. Kaminsky 27 12 3 1 1 0 0 3 4/10 2/5 2/2 0 3 18 -10
J. Lamb 24 12 5 4 1 1 3 1 4/11 0/3 4/4 1 4 24 -9
C. Zeller 22 8 2 1 3 1 1 3 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 0 15 -2
J. O'Bryant 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 0 5 -3
M. Monk 17 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/2 2/3 0 0 8 -3
T. Graham 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/1 1/2 1 0 4 -3
M. Carter-Williams 17 2 3 2 1 0 5 3 0/5 0/2 2/2 1 2 5 -8
D. Bacon 11 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 4 8 -1
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 86 42 20 7 3 14 19 31/84 4/25 20/26 14 28 164 -100