San Antonio Spurs: Takeaways From Win Against Charlotte Hornets

By George Middleton

On Wednesday night the San Antonio Spurs beat the Charlotte Hornets 95-86. The Spurs have now won three straight games.

The Spurs had a blazing hot start as they led 27-19 at the end of the first quarter. The game appeared to be heading for a blowout victory for the Spurs, after they led 55-38 at the half, but that wasn’t the case. The Hornets came out of the half, looking like a new team outscoring the Spurs by 12 in the third.

The Spurs held on and led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter.

The key in the game was the three-point shooting. The Spurs made 10-28 threes, while the Hornets made 6-18 from three-point range.

Positive Side

-Made 10 Three-Pointers

-Allowed 86 points

-15-18 Free-Throws (83%)

-8 Blocked Shots

-15 Fast-Break Points

-49 Rebounds

Star of the Game

Jan 28, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Charlotte Hornets center

Al Jefferson

(25,L) is defended by San Antonio Spurs power forward

Tim Duncan

(21,R) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Duncan was rock solid on Wednesday night. Duncan finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Duncan was not only effective on the glass, but he also played solid defense. He had three blocks and two steals.

Negative Side

-42% Field-Goals

-14 Turnovers

-Allowed 40 points in the point.

Spurs Player That Could’ve Stepped Up

Jan 28, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills (8) reaches for a loose ball during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Patty Mills appeared to be on his way to a big game, when he began hitting his first two shots, both threes. It stopped there. Mills went on to miss his next seven field goals. He finished with 9 points and 3 assists. Today was a strange game for Mills as he started off hot, but he cooled off quickly.

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