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The Mavs have lost 4 in a row. They've already lost more games with Rondo (9 Ls in 20 games) than they did without him (8 Ls in 27 games).
The fact that Spurs are 11-3 since NYE and are just now moving up a spot (and into a tie!) shows you how arduous this climb is going to be.
Spurs are 11-3 since New's Years Eve and (guess what!) they're finally not in 7th anymore. Tied with Dallas for 6th.
Duncan's All-Star potential: 2nd leading scorer for SA. Played in 42/47 games: 14.7 pts, 10.1 rebs, 3.1 ast, 1.0 stl, 2.0 blks in 30.3 mins
Of course, I didn't write a word about Joseph tonight. Look for that story in a future edition of the Express-News!
... "Everybody will scratch their head, they won’t get it, but his defense is 50/50 balls, rebounds .. were huge in keeping our run going."
Pop on CoJo: “I think he was the most important part of the game ..." (Cont'd)
Splitter didn't play tonight because Pop didn't want to play him. Kawhi sat the fourth because Pop wanted to ride with CoJo.
On Splitter: "I kept him out." OK then...
Great enough to keep Leonard in the fourth quarter: "(Joseph) was giving us everything we needed at the time, so I went with him."
Con't: "His defense, his 50/50 balls, his rebounds, the things he did out there were huge. He did a great job."
Pop on Cory, who had 2 pts in 18 mins: "He was the most important part of the game. Everyone will scratch their head and they won't get it."
Les Hornets ne sont plus une petite équipe et nous nous sommes appliqués pour les battre. Merci les insomniaques pour vos messages ! 🌙
The Hornets are not an easy team to play this year with a lot of young guys but we played seriously and didn't panic. Let's keep on winning!
Pop just said it was his decision not to play Splitter - didn't give a reason why.
"I think he was the most important part of the game..." - Pop on Cory Joseph in the 4th.
Stinks Al Jefferson lost Kemba to injury, Jefferson was as efficient as usual: 17 points, 16 boards on 8/12 shooting.
Nice game for Danny Green: 16 points, four 3s, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks.
The Spurs improve to 30-17 (tied with Mavs for 6th) after SA's 95-86 victory over the Hornets. Parker 17 pts, Green 16.
So Reggie Williams ends up making his debut with the Spurs ahead by 15 and 1:52 left.
Tony Parker collects his 5th assist with the corner pass to Greem for another three. Green 16 points.
Green almost certainly puts the game away with consecutive 3s. Spurs up 93-76 with 2:44 left.
Back-to-back Green 3s, and I'm guessing that will probably do it. Spurs up 93-76 with 2:44 to go.
Green three off the Duncan assist. SA by 14 with 3 minutes left. Green has 13 points.
Matt Bonner and the wicked drive to the basket with the floater.
A dance-off on the AT&T lighthouse. All I can say is, people are gross.
Another day at the office for Duncan: 10 points, 12 boards, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block. Reminder: All-Star reserves are selected tomorrow.
Duncan misses his second near poster dunk. 38, man, 38.
Pop yells "Slow down!!!" after two near turnovers. The Spurs do. Tim Duncan scores. They lead by 14.
Pop to his team: "Slow down!" A little out of control right now.
Cory Joseph having another one of those no-stats All-Star games.
The Spurs no longer suck, using 10-0 run to go back up by 12 with 8:47 left in the game.
Little more energy and shot-making to start 4Q ... Spurs push lead back out to double digits, 79-67.
A lot of basket weave action for San Antonio to try to create penetration at the rim these last few possessions.
3Q:The Spurs were outscored 26-14 in the quarter, SA leads 69-64 headed into the fourth over Charlotte. SA shot 4/21 in 3Q.
Actually, I think the Spurs closed 3Q with 14 straight misses.
Not often a team can close a third quarter with 12 consecutive misses and still lead going into the fourth.
I think my Twitter account attracts crazies ...
Haha, my autocorrect changed Cojo to Dojo. Mills gets 2 free throws, Spurs by 4.
Missing shots is one thing, but Spurs' pick-and-roll D has cratered here in 3Q. Main reason Charlotte's come almost all the way back.
With 1:49 left in the 3Q, the Spurs have been outscored 24-9. SA has gone ice cold, but credit has to be given to CHA defense too.
Charlotte outscoring Spurs 25-9 here in the third quarter.
Lead is down to TWO now.
The rim is doing quite a Bismack Biyombo impression against the Spurs here in the third.
With 4 minutes left in the 3Q, the Spurs have scored just 9 points so far. CHA only down 6.
Mostly, Spurs can't buy a bucket in the 3Q. Hornets can't miss. It happens sometimes.
Roberts misses from 3, but he was wide open. Spurs have been terrible here in the third quarter.
Henderson for 3, and it's a six-point game.
Just after the Hornets cut the Spurs’ lead to 8, there’s Matt Bonner with the triple. SA leads by 11 again. Bonner 5 points.
Charlotte, ranked 29th in pts/100 poss coming in, are scoring at will in the third quarter, cutting Spurs lead down to 8.
Meanwhile, Hornets have cut Spurs' 18-point lead to 8.
Parker now with 17 points on 7/10 shooting so far. He’s also got 3 assists in 18 minutes.
Tim Duncan giving referee Eli Roe a lesson in how post defense is played ... and Eli seems to be paying attention
Kawhi Leonard scores in the post. He has a quiet 9 points and 5 boards in 17 minutes. SA lead cut to 13 though.
Tiago Splitter still a DNP at halftime...
First half shot selection. Paint: Spurs 11/15, Hornets 14/17 Mid-Range: SA 4/5, CHA 3/16 Three: SA 5/13, CHA 0/3
Half: Spurs 55, Hornets 38. SA holds CHA to B2B quarters with 19 points. Parker 15 points, Kawhi 7, Duncan/Green/Diaw/Mills 6.
For the second time this season vs. CHA, Manu hits a 3 at the halftime horn. Spurs lead 55-38 at the break.
That call was most likely hallucinated. Ah well.
1:21 left before half and the Spurs are outscoring the Hornets 25-17 in the 2Q. Parker’s got 15 points and 2 assists.
Steve Clifford: "No middle. No middle. No middle. No middle. No middle." Parker drives middle past Roberts, dishes to Duncan for a layup.
Tony Parker up to 15 points in the first half, a total he's surpassed only twice since Dec. 22.
Parker's now got 13 points in 11 minutes. Hornets have cut Spurs' lead down to 14.
5 of Charlotte’s 6 turnovers have come from Neal and Lance combined. SA rolling by 18.
Danny Green getting a little ambitious, throwing an ill-fated alley-oop to a covered Kawhi Leonard. Fun thought though.
So Danny Green alley-oop passes are a bad idea too.
Boris/Patty/Green each with 6 points apiece. SA has already led by 17 with 8 minutes left in the 2Q.
Spurs doing a whole lot right on both ends, abetted by fact Hornets are short-handed. Lead 37-22.
Neal's jumper with 8:07 left in the first half is Charlotte's first field goal since Neal's jumper with 1:26 left in the first quarter.