It will be at least another year before the Charlotte Hornets break this ugly streak in San Antonio.
The Spurs broke open a tight game with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter for a 108-101 victory at AT&T Center. This was the Hornets’ 11th consecutive loss in San Antonio.
The Spurs broke a four-game losing streak with this victory, improving to 5-4. San Antonio played again without superstar Kawhi Leonard (quad injury). The Spurs got a big game off the bench from Rudy Gay (20 points and six rebounds). The Spurs clinched this one with two 3-pointers late in the game by point guard Patty Mills.
The loss broke a three-game winning streak for the Hornets, who fell to 5-4. They play at the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday.
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Three who mattered
Jeremy Lamb: In his sixth NBA season, Lamb scored a career-high 27 points. He made 10-of-15 from the field and 3-of-3 from 3-point range. Lamb also had nine rebounds and six assists.
Dwayne Bacon: The rookie scored a career-high 18 points, and grabbed seven rebounds.
Bryn Forbes: In his second Spurs season, Forbes scored 22 points, making three of five 3-point attempts.
▪ The Hornets played without starting small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was away from the team with an excused personal absence. Kidd-Gilchrist was away from the Hornets for 12 days previously, following the death of his grandmother in New Jersey.
▪ Hornets center Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, but he missed 10 of 20 free throws.
▪ Point guard Michael Carter-Williams (sore knees) was cleared medically to play for the first time this season. However, Steve Clifford didn’t use him, as Carter-Williams works to regain game conditioning and timing with his new Charlotte teammates.
▪ Nic Batum, within weeks of returning from a torn ligament in his left elbow, is on this four-game road trip to practice on the Hornets’ off days in Minnesota, New York and Boston.
▪ Point guard Kemba Walker made just four of his 12 shots, finishing with 13 points.
▪ Lamb continued his nine-game streak of scoring 15 or more points this season.
▪ The Spurs played home games on back-to-back nights. They lost to the Golden State Warriors Thursday in a nationally-televised game.
▪ Howard had his seventh double-double in nine games as a Hornet.
C OFFENSE: Poor shooting, particularly at the foul line (Howard, in particular).
C DEFENSE: You won’t win many allowing 47 percent shooting from the field on the road.
C COACHING: They were in this game until the last two minutes, but the bench (Malik Monk shot 1-of-5) struggled.
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