Tim Duncan finished with 17 points and recorded 16 rebounds and 6 assists in a spectacular all-around effort to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, 92-82. San Antonio (42-16) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Duncan shot 6-12 and converted 5-5 from the free throw line. Other top performers for San Antonio were Manu Ginobili with 15 points and 5 assists, Patty Mills with 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the loss, Al Jefferson put up 20 points for Charlotte on 10-21 shooting. He also tallied 7 rebounds. Cody Zeller chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds.
As expected, the Bobcats offense did not have its best game, struggling to score against the stingy Spurs defense that ranks third in the league with a defensive efficiency of 114.4. They registered just .858 points per possession in this game, and rank 27th in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 98.8 on the season. The Bobcats posted an eFG% of just 38.3%, including 17.6% from 3-point range. This year, they are 2-11 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Spurs are undefeated (9-0) when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
This defeat means an end to a four-game winning streak for Charlotte, pushing their record to 27-31 for the year.
Coming up, the Spurs battle the Dallas Mavericks, who are 36-24 on the season. The Bobcats meet the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently sitting at 44-15 this year. The Spurs emerged victorious each of the last two times against Dallas. The Bobcats have a 0-1 record against Oklahoma City this season.