Spurs run win streak to 9 with win over Bobcats

Posted at: 01/30/2013 10:07 PM
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(AP) SAN ANTONIO - Tony Parker had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in beating the Charlotte Bobcats 102-78 on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to nine games.

Kawhi Leonard added 18 points, Danny Green had 17 and Tiago Splitter 15 for San Antonio, which has won 17 straight at home.

Ramon Sessions came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points for Charlotte, which has lost five of six. Kemba Walker (16 points) and Ben Gordon (11) were the only other Bobcats in double figures.

With coach Gregg Popovich back on the bench after missing three games with an illness, San Antonio went 9 for 16 on 3s (56 percent) and shot 55 percent from the field.

Parker, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, had his way with Charlotte’s backcourt. The Spurs All-Star guard had a game-high seven assists and was 9 for 10 from the field.

Leonard hit his first three shots, including back-to-back 3s that put San Antonio up 11-4 with 8 minutes left in the first. Charlotte battled back over the next 4 minutes behind an aggressive defense, forcing two missed shots and four turnovers in an 8-2 run.

The Bobcats pulled within 25-23 at the close of the first quarter on Walker’s 19-foot jumper, but Manu Ginobili sparked the Spurs in the second.

Ginobili had four points, two rebounds and an assist on Leonard’s 3 in the opening 2 minutes of the second quarter as San Antonio extended its lead to 32-23.

Charlotte was able to cut the lead to 11 early in the fourth, but could get no closer as San Antonio’s lead swelled to 24 in the final quarter.

The Bobcats bench outscored San Antonio’s 44-22.

The newest Spur, Australian Aron Baynes, finished with seven points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes after playing 42 seconds in his NBA debut Friday at Dallas.

Notes: Leonard was selected to play in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 15 during the NBA All-Star weekend in Houston. It marks a return appearance for the second-year player to the game that features many of the league’s top rookie and second-year players. ... Spurs F Tim Duncan has missed four straight games with an injury. . Spurs P DeJuan Blair (fluid in right knee) missed his 14th game of the season. ... Bobcats P Byron Mullens (ankle sprain) missed his 17th game. Mullens has played 27 games this season, starting 26. . San Antonio is the first team in the NBA to 37 wins and is tied with Indiana for the most games played this season (48). . Charlotte is 2-15 overall against San Antonio. . The Bobcats are 0-2 with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jeff Adrien, Bismack Biyombo, Gerald Henderson and Walker as their starting lineup. . Parker has led the Spurs in scoring in six of their last nine games and in assists in nine straight.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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