The Charlotte Bobcats gave the San Antonio Spurs a good fight. Down by nine points with a little over three minutes left in the game, the Bobcats worked hard and cut the Spurs’ lead to just two with 26.8 seconds remaining.
However, Manu Ginobili made a driving layup with 4.9 seconds left and the San Antonio Spurs (5-1) held on for a 91-95 decision over the Charlotte Bobcats (1-6) to extend their winning streak to four games.
It was another “grind-it-out” game for the Spurs and now, it’s time to check out the stats of the game.
46 – The Spurs hit their outside shots, connecting on 12-26 (46.2%) from three-point line, including 5-7 from rookie Gary Neal. They also controlled the boards beating the Bobcats 46-41 on the rebounding department.
39.8 – The Spurs held their opponents under 40% field goal shooting for first time in six games, the Bobcats made just 33-83 (39.8) of their shots from the floor. While the Spurs made 36-85 (42.4) of their field goals that proved to be the difference of the game.
26 – Ginobili had a game-high 26 points, including a driving layup with 4.9 seconds remaining that sealed the Spurs’ win.
16 – Tyrus Thomas led the Bobcats with 16 points off the bench. They also did a good job on limiting their turnovers, Charlotte only had 13 miscues compared to the Spurs’ 16.
15 – Rookie Gary Neal had another great shooting night, he scored 15 points on 5-7 shooting from behind the arc, including consecutive 3s that pushed the Spurs’ lead to 88-82 with 5:48 left in the game.
7 – Antonio McDyess had another solid effort of the Spurs bench. He had 7 points, five rebounds and four blocks in 22 minutes of action. The Spurs also held three Bobcats starters to just 7 points a piece (Gerald Wallace, DJ Augustin and Nazr Mohammed).
6 – Richard Jefferson had his worst performance of the young season. He only scored 6 points on 3-9 shooting from the field. However, he had 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal in 33 minutes of action and finished the game with the highest +/- rating at +6.
0 – George Hill went scoreless in 21 minutes of playing time. While DeJuan Blair and Jefferson had zero turnovers for the game.
Rookie Watch: Neal had 15 points in just 14 minutes of playing time. Tiago Splitter continues to be effective in limited minutes, he scored 5 points, grabbed four boards and had a steal in 11 minutes of action. James Anderson had six points and two rebounds.
What’s Next? The Spurs will face Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday in San Antonio. It will be the second time the two teams meet this season, the Spurs won their first meeting 97-88 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.