San Antonio Spurs: Takeaways From Win Against Charlotte Hornets

By George Middleton

On Wednesday the San Antonio Spurs beat the Charlotte Hornets 98-93.

The Spurs were without Marco Belinelli (groin) and Kawhi Leonard (hand).

The Spurs took control early, after outscoring the Hornets 35-27 in the second quarter. At the half the Spurs led 57-45 and they never looked back.

The difference in the game was the free-throw shooting as the Spurs shot 16-20 (80%), while the Hornets went 23-35 (65%).

Kemba Walker kept the game close for the Hornets late, as he had 11 points in the final six minutes of the game. Walker finished with 28 points and was the games leading scorer.

Positive Side

-27 Assists

-11 Blocks

-80% Free-Throws (16-20)

-46 Bench Points

Star of the Game

Nov 21, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) reacts to a foul called against him against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Manu Ginobili– Not too many times is the best player in the game, a guy that comes off the bench. That was the case on Wednesday night. Manu Ginobili went for 27 points on 10-14 from the field. He also had 3 steals, the crazy thing is, he played only 24 minutes.

Negative Side

-27 Fouls

-12 Turnovers

-43% Field Goals

-Out-rebounded 48-42

Spurs Player That Could’ve Played Better

Patty Mills- Patty Mills is usually reliable on Wednesday he struggled as he shot 2-9 from the field. Mills finished with 5 points. Cory Joseph could’ve been on here as well as he shot 1-9 from the field, but he did have 5 assists. Expect a better game from the two backup guards on Friday night, when the Spurs take on the Portland Trail Blazers.

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