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Bobcats can’t hold up league-leading Spurs

On 9-game win streak, San Antonio takes lead, gradually expands it

SAN ANTONIO Tony Parker had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in beating the Charlotte Bobcats 102-78 on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to nine games.

Kawhi Leonard added 18 points, Danny Green had 17 and Tiago Splitter 15 for San Antonio, which has won 17 straight at home.

Ramon Sessions came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points for Charlotte, which has lost five of six. Kemba Walker (16 points) and Ben Gordon (11) were the only other Bobcats in double figures.

With coach Gregg Popovich back on the bench after missing three games with an illness, San Antonio went 9 for 16 on 3s (56 percent) and shot 55 percent from the field.

Parker, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, had his way with Charlotte’s backcourt. The Spurs All-Star guard had a game-high seven assists and was 9 for 10 from the field.

Leonard hit his first three shots, including back-to-back 3s that put San Antonio up 11-4 with 8 minutes left in the first. Charlotte battled back over the next 4 minutes behind an aggressive defense, forcing two missed shots and four turnovers in an 8-2 run.

The Bobcats pulled within 25-23 at the close of the first quarter on Walker’s 19-foot jumper, but Manu Ginobili sparked the Spurs in the second.

Ginobili had four points, two rebounds and an assist on Leonard’s 3 in the opening 2 minutes of the second quarter as San Antonio extended its lead to 32-23.

Charlotte was able to cut the lead to 11 early in the fourth, but could get no closer as San Antonio’s lead swelled to 24 in the final quarter.

The Bobcats bench outscored San Antonio’s 44-22.

The newest Spur, Australian Aron Baynes, finished with seven points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes after playing 42 seconds in his NBA debut Friday at Dallas.

CharlotteMINFG-AFT-AOR-TRAFPt
Kidd-Gilchrist27:442-50-02-4104
Adrien20:171-35-62-6017
Biyombo28:290-11-21-3031
Walker39:136-133-40-64116
Henderson16:423-90-01-1006
Sessions37:138-194-41-31120
Gordon24:064-101-10-13211
Haywood19:312-50-01-5034
Taylor26:454-80-01-3459
Totals240:0030-7314-179-32131678

Percentages: FG .411, FT .824. Three-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Gordon 2-4, Taylor 1-5, Walker 1-5, Kidd-Gilchrist 0-1, Henderson 0-2, Sessions 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 24 (34 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Biyombo 2). Turnovers: 23 (Gordon 5, Walker 5, Haywood 3, Sessions 3, Adrien 2, Biyombo 2, Henderson 2, Kidd-Gilchrist). Steals: 12 (Kidd-Gilchrist 4, Sessions 3, Taylor 2, Walker 2, Gordon). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 3:31 third.

San AntonioMINFG-AFT-AOR-TRAFPt
Leonard33:337-100-00-50318
Diaw26:183-62-20-2438
Splitter30:066-123-40-42315
Parker32:439-103-40-27022
Green29:025-64-41-52117
Baynes17:543-71-23-9047
Ginobili21:073-53-32-5629
Jackson20:591-61-20-1213
Neal11:410-20-00-0000
De Colo14:340-40-00-2430
Mills2:031-10-00-0103
Totals240:0038-6917-216-352820102

Percentages: FG .551, FT .810. Three-Point Goals: 9-16, .563 (Leonard 4-5, Green 3-3, Mills 1-1, Parker 1-1, De Colo 0-1, Diaw 0-1, Ginobili 0-1, Jackson 0-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 23 (23 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Green 2, Baynes, Leonard, Splitter). Turnovers: 23 (Parker 5, Jackson 4, Baynes 3, Ginobili 3, Green 3, De Colo 2, Splitter 2, Diaw). Steals: 16 (Green 3, Parker 3, De Colo 2, Diaw 2, Ginobili 2, Leonard 2, Mills, Splitter).

Charlotte2314231878
San Antonio25242528102

Att.—18,581 (18,797). T—2:03.

Officials—Jason Phillips, Dick Bavetta, JT Orr.

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