NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Charlotte
(Monday, January 19th)
Final Score: San Antonio 86, Charlotte 84
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan scored a team-high 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists as the San Antonio Spurs held off the Charlotte Bobcats, 86-84, at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Tony Parker had a solid game with 13 points and 10 assists, while Roger Mason had 12 points and Manu Ginobili and George Hill each had 10 apiece for the Spurs, who finished their three-game road trip with a 2-1 mark. San Antonio has won seven of nine.
"We had some good stops down the stretch," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "That's always important for us. We're not a great scoring team, but making stops in fourth quarters, at the end of games is important to us and I thought we did a good job."
Raja Bell led the Bobcats with 25 points and six boards and Boris Diaw contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds. Charlotte was unable to feed off its 102-97 win on Saturday versus Portland and had a three-game winning streak snapped in the process.
Emeka Okafor finished with 12 points and nine boards for the Bobcats, who have split their last six games. Raymond Felton chipped in with 13 points and nine assists in defeat.
Holding a 68-63 lead after three, Charlotte continued to hold the Spurs at arms length through the first six minutes of the final quarter, before the contest went on the see-saw.
Hill's layup with 5:34 to play gave the Spurs a brief 75-74 edge, but Okafor responded with a layin of his own to put the Bobcats back in front by a point.
After another trade of baskets and Charlotte up 78-77, Ginobili hit two straight from behind the arc to put San Antonio ahead 83-78 with 2:53 to go.
A pair of free throws by Gerald Wallace and Bell sandwiched around a one-of- two effort from the charity stripe by Duncan kept the Spurs in front by two with 2:14 remaining.
Then after Parker and Bell took turns hitting a pair from the line and San Antonio ahead 86-84 with 1:10 to play, Duncan had his short jumper blocked by Okafor, giving the Bobcats a last chance.
Felton had his shot from in close swatted away by Duncan, but the ball went right to Diaw standing behind the three-point line, but his shot was off the mark and the Spurs held on for the win.
"I was under the rim and I saw it (going) straight, looking good," said Ginobili. "If that shot had gone in there's nothing we could have said about it. We've won many games like that. Today we just got lucky again."
Trailing by a 29-21 margin after one quarter, the Bobcats came back a little in the second and trailed by a 46-41 margin at the half.
"I'm upset that we lost," said Wallace. "I feel like we kind of gave the game away."
San Antonio hosts Indiana on Tuesday night, while the Hornets welcome Memphis to Charlotte on Wednesday...San Antonio has won four straight and eight of the last nine meetings with Charlotte...Wallace had nine points and six rebounds.
01/19 19:58:50 ET