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Spurs turn back Hornets, 95-86

Danny Green hit a corner 3-pointer with just under three minutes left to extend the San Antonio Spurs’ lead to 17 and clinch a 95-86 victory Wednesday over the Charlotte Hornets at AT&T Center.

This was the ninth consecutive victory for the Spurs in this series. They have not lost to the Hornets in San Antonio since 2006, when the Charlotte franchise was known as the Bobcats.

Center Al Jefferson had a big game for the Hornets with 17 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. Shooting guard Gerald Henderson scored 18 points.

Point guard Tony Parker led a balanced offense for the Spurs with 17 points.

The Hornets held San Antonio to 14 third-quarter points to trim what at one point was an 18-point deficit to two. They trailed 69-64 entering the fourth quarter. Lance Stephenson blocked a layup attempt by Spurs big man Aron Baynes in the final second of the third quarter.

The Spurs led 55-38 at halftime, shooting 57 percent from the field. The Hornets had no answer for Parker, who finished the half with 15 points off 6-of-8 shooting from the field.

The Spurs are known for having excellent-passing big men.Wednesday Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw kept creating opportunities for teammates in the low post. That led to easy baskets off cutters for Parker and Manu Ginobili.

The Hornets got 10 first-half points from small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, mostly on hard drives to the rim. Center Al Jefferson finished the first half with nine points and six rebounds.

Jefferson managed to post up much deeper in the laneWednesday than he did in Saturday’s win against the New York Knicks. That meant more layups and jump hooks and fewer mid-range jump shots.

The Hornets’ next game is Saturday night in Denver against the Nuggets followed by a game Monday in Washington against the Wizards.

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