The San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to eight over the Hornets on Wednesday, defeating them 98-93 in Charlotte.
The Spurs built a 12 point advantage over the Hornets heading into the half, but, a strong showing by Charlotte in the final two quarters turned this game into a close one.
Jan 14, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward centerTim Duncan
(21) looks to drive to the basket as he is defended by Charlotte hornets forward centerBismack Biyombo
(8) during the first half of the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
The Hornets, who trailed the entire second half, were able to cut the lead down to one in the fourth quarter, but were unable to complete the comeback, finding themselves on the losing end at the buzzer.
It was a tough shooting night for both teams as San Antonio shot 43.5% from the field while Charlotte only connected on 38.8% of their field goal attempts.
That low shooting percentage ended up being the Hornets undoing, even though they outperformed the Spurs in numerous categories.
Charlotte won the rebounding battle, 48-42, the turnover battle, 10-12, the battle for points in the paint, 46-42, and the free throw battle, 36 attempts to 19.
Manu Ginobili was also a big reason for the Spurs win. The Argentine guard scored a season high 27 points off the bench along with his three rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
Tim Duncan also had a good night for San Antonio, putting in another double-double effort, 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hornets were led by Kemba Walker, who had great night. Walker finished the game with 28 points, three assists, and a surprising three blocks. He also came up big in the fourth quarter as his team tried to complete a comeback, scoring 11 of his 28 in the final quarter.
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Charlotte also received a big contribution from center Bismack Biyombo, who put in a 12 point, 15 rebound double-double.
With the win, the San Antonio Spurs finish their three game road trip at 2-1, improving to 24-16 on the season. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker also tied Robert Parish and Kevin McHale for second most wins for teammates at 656 with the victory.
The loss puts an end to the Charlotte Hornets five game winning streak, dropping them to 15-25 on the season.
Next up for the Spurs is a home game on Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. The game is scheduled for a start time of 7:30 p.m. CT.
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