NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at San Antonio
(Friday, December 11th)
Final Score: San Antonio 104, Charlotte 85
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc on his way 22 points off the bench, as the San Antonio Spurs continued their dominance over the Charlotte Bobcats with a 104-85 victory at the AT&T Center.
Tim Duncan added 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Spurs, who lead the all-time series with Charlotte, 10-1. Richard Jefferson chipped in 17 points while George Hill ended with 12 points off the bench for San Antonio, which has won two in a row following a three-game skid.
"Overall we did a good job. We played pretty good defense tonight and were aggressive offensively. They (Charlotte) made a great run in the third quarter and we played pretty poorly. We put it aside and played a very good fourth. That was nice to see," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.
Stephen Jackson had 23 points, five rebounds and four steals for the Bobcats, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Gerald Wallace finished with 18 points and six rebounds while Boris Diaw chipped in 10 points for Charlotte, which has scored more than 87 points just one time in its all-time series with the Spurs.
The Spurs scored 11 straight points early in the fourth to essentially seal the victory. A Hill 22-foot jumper and three shots from the line made it 85-73 with 7:20 to play.
Charlotte never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.
"We ran out of gas. We didn't get to the free-throw line and we took some bad shots. The Spurs executed well and made their shots," Bobcats head coach Larry Brown said of the fourth quarter.
San Antonio scored the final nine points of the first quarter to take a 29-19 lead.
Ahead 36-27 early in the second. the Spurs used a 16-5 run to take a 20-point margin. Ginobili's trey capped the spurt, giving San Antonio a 52-32 lead with over three minutes to play until half. The score was 59-42 at the break.
Down 71-54 midway through the third, the Bobcats ripped off 13 straight points to get within four. Derrick Brown's layup made it 71-67 with 2:14 left. The Spurs led 72-71 heading to the fourth.
The Spurs shot 59.1 percent from the field, while the Bobcats made 42.7 percent of their shots...San Antonio turned the ball over 28 times, compared to 20 for Charlotte.
12/12 02:00:57 ET