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Posted Dec 5 2006 2:30PM
The San Antonio Spurs avenged a rare loss with their most lopsided win of the season in their last outing. Now they'll get the chance to do it again when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday.
The Spurs (13-5) have lost to just five teams this season, but got a little payback Monday with a 129-89 rout of Golden State, which came away with a 111-102 win over them a week earlier.
San Antonio scored its most points in a regulation game Monday since a 129-99 victory over the Warriors on Feb. 26, 1995, and set season highs in margin of victory, field goals made (49) and assists (37).
Reserve guard Brent Barry scored 18 points to lead a 75-point bench effort and was one of eight Spurs in double figures.
``Whether you win by a lot or a little bit, you come out tonight and you're able to rest a little bit and you beat a team that's beaten you in the regular season,'' Spurs forward Tim Duncan said. ``That's a good win for us.''
The Spurs have another opportunity for one of those wins when they meet the Bobcats, who beat them 95-92 in overtime on Nov. 15. That was San Antonio's lone loss in a stretch of 10 games from Nov. 5-22, and its first in the series between the teams.
The Spurs took the first four matchups by an average of 18.0 points, but Charlotte has played well against some of the better teams in the NBA this season. Along with their win over San Antonio, the Bobcats (5-12) have also defeated Cleveland and topped Detroit 97-89 on Sunday, snapping the Pistons' eight-game winning streak.
``One of the things is we get up for it. And then a lot of it also has to do with the mentality of the team coming to play us,'' said Bobcats guard Brevin Knight, who had a season-high 14 assists against Detroit. ``You come in and see our record and you think you can turn it off and on, but we're going to battle you.''
Emeka Okafor led Charlotte with 18 points Sunday, but the reserves did most of the damage as Sean May (17 points), Matt Carroll (16) and Derek Anderson (11) all scored in double figures.
Carroll missed practice Tuesday with a sprained right elbow and will probably be sidelined Wednesday.
``If I had to say right now, I think I am out,'' he said. ``It's disappointing. I can't straighten my right arm, so it's not helping me to shoot too much.''.
Anderson is averaging 8.3 points in three games since signing with Charlotte on Nov. 28. The veteran guard posted 15.5 points in starting all 82 games for San Antonio in the 2000-01 season.
``There's no substitution for experience at playing on this level,'' Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said of Anderson. ``I think people underestimate that just because he's a journeyman, he's a role player.''
Rookie Adam Morrison, Charlotte's second-leading scorer with 15.0 points per game, had a season high-tying 27 points in last month's win over the Spurs.
He'll look to duplicate that success as the Bobcats try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. They are playing the second in a tough four-game homestand that also includes matchups with Houston and Phoenix.
The Spurs opened a franchise-best 7-0 on the road, but have dropped their last two there and are trying to avoid a third straight defeat away from home for the first time since April 13-20, 2005.
San Antonio's Manu Ginobili returned to the court Monday, recording six points and nine assists in 16 minutes after missing the previous four games with a lower back contusion.
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