Manu Ginobili scored 15 points and Marco Belinelli and Patty
Mills added 14 apiece for the Spurs, who closed the contest with a
12-2 run. Kawhi Leonard contributed 12 points and eight rebounds as
San Antonio (42-16) improved to 20-8 at home while clinching its
17th consecutive winning season.
Al Jefferson scored 20 points and Josh McRoberts had 10 assists for
the Bobcats, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Gary Neal
added 15 points off the bench in his first game with Charlotte since
being acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks.
Duncan’s jumper gave the Spurs an 82-80 advantage with 1:43
remaining and Belinelli followed with a 3-pointer. Ginobili
converted a three-point play to cap an 8-0 surge and Duncan and
Danny Green each hit two free throws in the final 17.4 seconds.
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The Bobcats lead by 14 after Anthony Tolliver’s 3-pointer with 8:26
left in the first half before San Antonio cut the lead to 45-41 at
the break. The Spurs had a seven-point lead late in the third
quarter before settling for a 66-65 edge entering the final stanza.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Duncan (13,753) passed Houston Rockets legend Hakeem
Olajuwon (13,748) for 12th place on the NBA’s all-time rebounding
list. … Bobcats G Kemba Walker had just 11 points on 3-of-15
shooting after averaging 22.5 points over the previous four games. …
Spurs PG Tony Parker (various injuries) sat out for the sixth
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