NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at San Antonio
(Tuesday, February 19th)
Final Score: San Antonio 85, Charlotte 65
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili scored 18 points and Tim Duncan had a strong defensive night with 15 rebounds and five blocks in San Antonio's 85-65 triumph over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Ime Udoka had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who have won seven of eight overall. San Antonio finished the All-Star break on its successful nine- game rodeo road trip, and came back on Tuesday with a great defensive effort, limiting Charlotte to 28.2 percent shooting.
"We started out a little bit rusty; it took about a half (to get going)," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I thought the guys focused real well. We played outstanding team defense for 48 minutes and that allowed us to win."
Michael Finley had 14 points and Jacque Vaughn 10 for San Antonio, which ended at 43.1 percent from the floor. The Spurs also held a decisive 54-38 advantage on the glass and essentially won the game in the fourth quarter, when they outscored the Bobcats, 31-16.
Raymond Felton tallied 19 points for Charlotte, which has dropped eight of nine contests. Jason Richardson ended with 13 points and Nazr Mohammed had 12 for the Bobcats. Emeka Okafor had 10 rebounds and shot just 1-for-9 from the floor in the loss.
"We just had a bad shooting night, it was a really rough time out," Richardson said. "We definitely gave our best effort at times, but you have to give credit to the Spurs, they are the world champions. It was after the All-Star break, they played well and finally got it together and buried us at home."
Felton's two free throws had the Bobcats within 58-53 less than two minutes into the final quarter, but the Spurs responded with a 14-3 spurt. Damon Stoudamire's three-pointer capped the burst with 7:05 left. Finley and Bruce Bowen also hit shots from beyond the arc during the flurry.
The Bobcats continued to struggle down the stretch, as San Antonio built its lead to 83-60 on Francisco Elson's jam with 3:07 remaining.
"I think you saw some post all-star break blues," Stoudamire said. "It happens but we were able to overcome it. In the third quarter we forced our tempo and finally hit some shots."
Back-to-back three-pointers from Richardson and Felton carried Charlotte to a 13-5 lead, but the Spurs got within 18-13 after 12 minutes.
Nine consecutive Spurs points moved them to a 34-31 advantage in the final minute of the half, and it was 36-32 at the break.
Two consecutive jumpers, including a three, from Stoudamire moved the Spurs to a 44-34 advantage before Charlotte came back with the next eight points. However, the Bobcats couldn't go ahead in the second half.
Charlotte has scored under 87 points in seven of the eight all-time meetings (1-7)...The Spurs are 8-0 versus teams from the Southeast Division...San Antonio had 20 turnovers.
02/20 02:43:21 ET