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Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston fined $5,000 for second violation of the NBA anti-flopping rule.
Hornets missed 12 free throws. Spurs missed four.
Biz dribbling in transition. Lordy.
Pop said pre-game Duncan's minutes wouldn't exceed 30. He's at 30 and on the bench.
Tonight's game is so entertaining.
Hornets have really D'd up this quarter.
Things I never thought I'd say: "Boy, Biz has been out a long time."
Lance Stephenson is 2-of-7 from the field, 1-of-4 from the foul line.
Tim Duncan with back-to-back fouls.
Brian Roberts has played only eight minutes tonight. He has a strained right elbow.
End of third: Spurs 76, Hornets 68.
Hornets have missed eight free throws tonight.
So Biz is five blocks from a triple-double.
MKG on the floor in pain. Holding his back.
That was Biz's fifth block. He gets a standing O as he takes a rest.
Biz grazes the net on a free throw. Audible groan from the crowd.
Might end up a career night for Biz.
Kemba doesn't generally lose his temper with officials. He's furious a foul wasn't called on that turnover.
They put the Riveras on Kiss Cam. Nice touch.
Hornets have trimmed what was a 16-point deficit to seven.
That runner didn't go in, but MKG having a very nice "And 1" type of game.
Biz playing very solid defense on Duncan.
Biz has seven points. HIs career-high is 14.
Halftime: Spurs 57, Hornets 45
Steve Clifford said pre-game the Spurs are the best-run organization in the NBA by a WIDE margin.
Spurs have made their last four 3-pointers.
Spurs open a 16-point lead with 2 minutes left in the half on Danny Green's 3.
Hendo draws a technical.
The Riveras get a big ovation here during a timeout.
Refs giving Biz all the calls against Duncan. Ok, not exactly.
Tim Duncan gets a 3-second violation. I was waiting for the indignant face. But he didn't react much.
Hornets shot 7-of-25 first quarter. Rough to overcome that.
End of first: Spurs 22, Hornets 18.
Lance Stephenson looks predictably rusty: 1-of-3 from field and his losing his dribble threw off the Hornets' last possession.
Spurs lead 11-0 in bench points.
Second continuation basket for MKG. That's finishing plays.
Lance Stephenson in next dead ball.
And here comes the boos...
Here comes Boris.
Kemba just dribbled through four Spurs, got straight to the rim for a layup.
Duncan goes iso on Biz. Biz does a decent Mutombo imitation.
Spurs already have several offensive rebounds, but they're 2-of-9 from the field.
Nice continuation basket for MKG.
I guess Biz guards Duncan and Zeller chases Bonner to the 3-point line. Far from ideal.
Spurs going with Matt Bonner at center tonight rather than Tiago Splitter.
Kemba draws a pre-game ovation for being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Clifford said there is no timetable for Al Jefferson's return.
Pop said having Duncan, Parker and Ginobili healthy for the playoffs is more important than Spurs seeding, even if they're 8th in the West.
Only Spurs out tonight are Belinelli and Leonard. Pop said Duncan and Ginobili would both play, but under 30 minutes.
Clifford plans to play Stephenson about 15 minutes per game the next 2 or 3 games.
Big Al back on the court, doing shooting drills with Patrick Ewing. http://t.co/UTY1BCTVOx
Many of Hornets' toughest games (two each against Warriors, Blazers and Grizzlies, one of two against Mavs and Rockets) are behind them.
By comparison, winning percentage of Hornets' composite opponent (.503) is tied for 13th (with Oklahoma City) among 30 NBA teams.
The Nets, the team Hornets now chasing for 8th place in the East, have so far played the NBA's weakest schedule (.470 winning percentage).
Promising sign: Al Jefferson (groin strain) has started doing some on-court workouts.
Gary Neal (hamstring) is out tonight for Spurs game. Brian Roberts will play with a sore right elbow.
Steve Clifford said Lance Stephenson's minutes would be quite limited first couple of games while he regains game conditioning.