The Charlotte Hornets proved they could keep up with one of the West’s best but fell short at home on Wednesday night. The visiting San Antonio Spurs defeated the Hornets, 119-114 behind Kawhi Leonard’s 30 points.
LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed the previous game, scored 23 points and added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.
The Spurs also got positive contributions from Danny Green (16 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting) and Pau Gasol (9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals).
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Spurs remain perfect on the road
San Antonio improved to 12-3 overall and an impressive 8-0 away from home. This is the Spurs’ seventh straight win after back-to-back losses two weeks ago.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets, which were in the game for much of the time but missed key shots in the end game.
After a Leonard mid-range jumper that pushed the Spurs’ lead to 108-102 with under two minutes to go in the game, Charlotte cut the lead down to one, 111-110 off a Walker layup with 50 seconds to go.
Aldridge missed 1-of-2 from the line late to give the Hornets a chance to tie the game or take the lead with 34 seconds to go in the game. But Charlotte turned the ball over and Tony Parker hit a dagger three-pointer to push the lead back to 115-110 with 22 seconds left on the clock.
Team play from Hornets come up short
It was an unfortunate loss for the Hornets, which had eight players in double-figure scoring. But their team play came up short in this one against a Spurs team that had 28 assists. The Hornets actually had more assists in the game with 30.
Watch Spurs vs. Hornets highlights here:
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The Hornets try to snap out of a three-game losing streak when they face the New York Knicks in their next game. The Spurs take on the Boston Celtics on the road.