Al Jefferson put forth a strong effort for the Cats, notching his 25th 20-point game of the season, but Charlotte came up short, snapping their four-game win streak, 92-82 against the Spurs, Feb. 28 in San Antonio. Gary Neal scored 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting off the bench in his Bobcat debut.
The Cats let this one come down to the final minutes yet again. Tied 80 apiece in the fourth quarter, Al Jefferson committed an offensive foul, giving the Spurs an opportunity to take the lead. San Antonio capitalized on the miscue, as Tim Duncan drained a 15-foot jumper with 1:43 remaining. That sparked an 8-0 run for the Spurs and sealed the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Spurs were able to gain the edge over the Spurs through its impressive shooting performance from the field. San Antonio led Charlotte in shooting percentage overall (47 percent) and from three-point range (45 percent). San Antonio’s bench showed up pouring in 49 of the team’s 91 points, compared to just 35 for Charlotte’s bench. However, the Cats did make an impact in other categories. They were able to score efficiently down low, leading the Spurs 38-34 in points in the paint. Charlotte was also persistent on the glass, dominating the Spurs in second-chance points 24-6. The Cats were also able to win the turnover battle forcing 19 Spurs turnovers to just 11 for Charlotte. Five Cats players finished in double figures – Al Jefferson (20), Gary Neal (15), Gerald Henderson (12), Kemba Walker (11) and Cody Zeller (10).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson led the Cats as he scored a team-high 20 points on 10-of-21 shooting, corralled seven rebounds and swiped two steals. Jefferson has now scored 20 points or more in 18 of his last 21 games.
SPURS PLAYER OF THE GAME
After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Tim Duncan put together a superb performance posting a near triple-double of 17 points, 16 rebounds and six assists in 33 minutes for San Antonio.
Charlotte saw it’s four-game win streak end in San Antonio. Charlotte has lost the season series 0-2 to the Spurs… Luke Ridnour also made his debut for the Cats, finishing with two points and an assist in 13 minutes of action off the bench… Josh McRoberts dished out a game-high 10 assists, he averages four per games this season… Al Jefferson has now reached double-figures in 41 of his 45 games this season… The Cats were able to hold the Spurs to 92 points. Charlotte has now held its opponents under 100 points in 38 out of 58 contests this season, third-most in the NBA. Coming into the game the Cats were giving up 96.8 points per game, fifth-lowest in the NBA. Last season the team allowed 102.7 points, ranking 29th in the league.
Charlotte will travel to take on the Thunder for the second game of their three-game road trip, Mar. 2 in Oklahoma City. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.