Spurs continue road trip against Hornets
The San Antonio Spurs aim to stay unbeaten versus groups from the Eastern Conference when they roll into Charlotte to deal with the rising Hornets on Sunday.
San Antonio heads into Charlotte for the only time this season after a rousing 125-114 win in Atlanta on Friday. 7 Spurs scored in double figure despite the fact that nobody played more than 28 minutes.
The Spurs, who enhanced to 4-0 versus groups from the East, created their finest half of basketball, and finest 3 quarters, as they rolled by the Hawks to open a seven-game journey.
“It’s good to get that first win under our belt, and just continue playing,” Stimulates guard Derrick White stated. “This is a huge seven games. It was a good start for us.”
San Antonio scored a season-high 77 points in the very first half en route to a 29-point lead and was up by 38 points, at 110-72, at the end of 3 quarters.
“We knew they had a lot of fire power on offense, a lot of good shooters that can get going,” San Antonio center Jakob Poeltl stated. “So we really tried to be aggressive, get into them from the jump, play smart, play without fouling.”
After scoring the very first 2 baskets in the 4th to increase by 42, the Spurs sleepwalked to the surface, drawing the ire of coach Gregg Popovich. The Hawks outscored San Antonio 42-15 in the last quarter.
“The fourth period was an embarrassment,” Popovich stated.
In General, the Spurs shot 52.9 percent from the flooring, 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and signed up 27 helps in the win.
DeMar DeRozan blazed a trail with 23 points versus the Hawks, with Keldon Johnson including 20, Dejounte Murray pinching hit 16, Poeltl publishing 14 points and 12 rebounds, Patty Mills tallying 12 points, and White and Lonnie Walker IV each scoring 11.
The Hornets will play the 2nd video game of a five-game homestand that began with a 120-114 win on Friday versus unlucky the Minnesota Timberwolves behind Terry Rozier’s 41 points.
“Terry deserves a ton of credit for this victory, and he was great down the stretch,” Charlotte coach James Borrego stated. “Overall, he kept us going. Even off the floor, he’s showing his leadership and his will to win games.”
LaMelo Ball scored 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who have actually won 3 of their previous 4 video games. Cody Zeller included 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting for Charlotte in Friday’s win. Gordon Hayward scored 14 points and Miles Bridges contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hornets won even with Caleb Martin, Cody Martin and P.J. Washington out due to the fact that of health and wellness procedures. The group didn’t even get the consent to play Friday’s video game up until less than 2 hours prior to tipoff.
“We had every excuse in the world not to win this game, but we just found a way — that’s the bottom line,” Borrego stated. “Our guys stuck with it and figured out a way to get it done.”
San Antonio swept the season series for the 11th time in the last 15 projects in 2019-20 and owns a 21-9 all-time record in video games played in the Queen City.
–Field Level Media
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.