Cory Joseph hit a 12-foot jumper with four seconds remaining in the game to hand his San Antonio Spurs (1-0) a 69-68 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (0-1) on Friday night in Las Vegas on the opening day of the NBA Summer League 2013. Joseph, a product of Findlay Prep in nearby Henderson, Nev., and a first-round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, nailed the game-winner just seconds after Charlotte's Jeffery Taylor, the 31st pick in the 2012 draft, gave his squad a one-point lead off a three pointer from the left elbow in the COX Pavilion.
Both Joseph and Taylor were the leading scorers for their respective clubs. Joseph shot 7-for-14 from the field for 19 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Taylor, on the other hand, notched a game-high 24 points (9-for-17).
After seeing the lead change hands eight times in the first 12:58 of the game, San Antonio maintained ownership of it until Taylor's clutch shot in the waning moments. The Spurs built up three different eight-point leads before cracking the double-digit mark with 6:35 left on the clock in the third.
Charlotte only led for 1:19 of the game with the final instance lasting only eight seconds before Joseph's bucket. Prior to that shot, the Bobcats had four leads between the first and second frames. The Spurs rattled off a 9-0 run in 2:26 to start a 16-7 push to close out the first half.
Trailing 49-39, Charlotte rattled off an 11-3 run of its own in a span of 4:52 to pull within a pair with 1:01 left in the third period. From that point forward until the final horn sounded, the game never witnessed more than a six-point separation between the two squads.
San Antonio also got double-digit scoring efforts from Deshaun Thomas and Nando De Colo, who had 18 and 12 points, respectively.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist joined Taylor in scoring 10 or more for the Bobcats, as he knocked down 12 points in the loss.
Overall, the game had 10 lead changes, and it was tied twice. The teams shot fairly even from the field with the Bobcats being slightly better statistically (42.4% to 41.9%). Charlotte shot 28-for-66, while San Antonio was 26-for-62.
Both teams return to action on Sunday with Charlotte taking the court first at 3:00 pm in the COX Pavilion against Dallas before San Antonio closes out the day with a 7:30 contest against Toronto next door in the Thomas & Mack Center.