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Spurs 102, Bobcats 78

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SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points and seven assists as the Spurs notched their 17th straight home win, defeating the Charlotte Bobcats 102-78 Wednesday night.

Parker was 9 of 10 from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line as San Antonio got its ninth straight win.

The 17-game home winning streak is second only to the franchise record 22-game streak compiled in 2011.

San Antonio led the game from the tip-off and stretched a two-point advantage at the end of the first quarter to the final margin of 24 when Patty Mills hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in the game.

The Spurs had three other players score in double figures. Kawhi Leonard had 18, Danny Green 17 and Tiago Splitter 15 as San Antonio improved to an NBA-best 37-11.

Recently signed Aron Baynes, playing while Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair all sat with injuries, had nine rebounds in 19 minutes.

The Bobcats, who have lost 10 of their last 12 games, were led by Ramon Sessions, who had 20 points off the bench.

Kemba Walker added 16 and Ben Gordon 11 as Charlotte dropped to 11-34.

Charlotte has not fared well against San Antonio, losing five straight to the Spurs, the last two by a combined 54 points.

This game was on par as Charlotte was plagued turnovers, giving it up 24 times for 34 Spurs points.

San Antonio almost equaled that with 23 turnover (for 23 Bobcats points), but the Spurs were sharp from the field, hitting 55 percent for the game.

They also poured it in from the 3-point line, hitting 9 of 16 (56 percent).

The Spurs used a 10-point run to end the first half up 49-37. Leonard had 13 points at halftime, while Sessions had 10 at the half for Charlotte.

San Antonio has an NBA-best 21-2 home record with one more home game on Saturday before heading out on its annual rodeo road trip. The nine-game trip, wrapping around the All-Star Game, will stretch through February.

NOTES: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich returned to the sidelines after sitting out three games because of an illness. Assistant coach Mike Budenholzer went 3-0 in his absence and the Spurs are on a nine-game win streak. In fact, the Spurs have done so well that with the next victory, Popovich could clinch a spot to coach the Western Conference All-Stars. ... The Spurs and Bobcats are on opposite ends of the standings. San Antonio's 37-11 record is best in the NBA, while Charlotte's 11-34 is the worst. ... The NBA announced Spurs forward Leonard is one of 18 players selected to participate in the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, held on the Friday of All-Star weekend. ... The Spurs' big men continue to battle injuries. Along with Duncan (sore left knee), who has missed four games, Blair (right knee effusion) and Bonner (right knee effusion) were scratched from the game. ... Charlotte's Walker has scored in double figures 16 straight games, the longest streak since current Spurs forward Stephen Jackson's 27 games.
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