Duncan powers Spurs past Bobcats
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan led all scorers with 29 points and
also pulled down 10 rebounds, as the San Antonio Spurs held off the Charlotte
Tony Parker dropped in 23 points to go with six assists and five rebounds for
the Spurs, who have won two straight since suffering their only loss of the
season, to Dallas.
Nick Van Exel added 12 points in the victory, while Manu Ginobili registered
eight points and five assists. The Spurs shot 49 percent from the floor.
“They made some runs, but we didn’t come down and take a bad shot,” Duncan
said. “We got the shots we wanted. When you stick with that and get shots
every time, it makes life a lot easier.”
Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace was not expected to play in this game after
suffering a concussion against Utah Monday. He not only suited up, but scored
15 points to lead his team.
Primoz Brezec had 13 points and seven rebounds for Charlotte, which has
dropped two straight. Brevin Knight added 10 points and eight assists for the
Bobcats, while Emeka Okafor finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Spurs used an 11-6 run at the end of the first quarter to assume a 27-19
advantage, and took a 48-43 lead into the locker room on the strength of a
turnaround jumper by Parker.
Two converted free throws by Duncan stretched the advantage to 61-50 midway
through the third.
Charlotte would not let the deficit widen, though, and actually whittled the
lead down to seven points in the waning moments of the game after Keith Bogans
converted on a reverse layup.
Parker hit a driving layup with 59 seconds remaining and Ginobili followed
with a pair of free throws to secure the win.
“They are a great team and they know how to finish ball games,” Wallace said.
“For us being a young team, this is an experience we have got to learn from.
We should take a perfect example from the NBA champions.”
San Antonio’s Michael Finley (groin) and Brent Barry (back) did not
play…This was just the second Bobcat game this year that didn’t go into
overtime…Charlotte is now 0-3 all-time against the Spurs…The Spurs are 2-1
on the road this season…The Bobcats are now 1-2 at home…Charlotte led the
Spurs in fast break points (14-9) and points in the paint (46-44).