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The San Antonio Spurs are rolling with three consecutive wins

and have motivation for a fourth.

The Spurs look to avenge a rare loss to the Bobcats on Monday

when the teams meet in Charlotte.

San Antonio is 10-2 all-time against the Bobcats and had won

five in a row at Time Warner Cable Arena before losing 92-76 on

Jan. 15.

The Bobcats have been held to an average of 82.7 points in their

12 games against the Spurs (4-1), their lowest against any team in

the NBA, and offensive production could be again tough to come by

for a team ranked 29th in the league at 89.7 per game.

Tony Parker scored San Antonio’s first seven points in overtime

of its 124-121 victory over Houston on Saturday. While he finished

with 21 points and a season-high 14 assists, Parker was upset with

how the Spurs failed to finish off the Rockets in regulation.

“We have no excuse. We didn’t play well enough. We let them back

in the game and then we had to fight,” he said. “I’m happy we ended

up with a win. This would be tough loss because in March, you would

be mad at yourself for losing. I’m happy we won and are learning

from it and hopefully we play better next game.”

The Spurs should be looking for another solid performance out of

their three-time All Star, as they are 7-0 against the Bobcats when

Parker records five or more assists.

Charlotte is 1-5 for the third time in the seven-year history of

the franchise, and is hoping to avoid its first 0-3 start at

home.

Gerald Wallace scored 25 points and grabbed a season-high 14

rebounds in Saturday night’s 91-88 loss to Orlando as Charlotte was

held to 36 first-half points.

“We’ve got the will,” Wallace, who leads the team with 19.0

points and 8.0 rebounds per game, told the Bobcats’ official

website. “We know we have the heart to fight. Right now we’re like

Rocky but we don’t start until after the sixth round when we’re all

swollen up. We’ve got to come out in the first round and, as they

say in boxing terms, establish our jab and get moving around the

ring.

“We have to come out and be the aggressor and try to make a

statement, and right now we aren’t doing that.”

While Wallace continues to be the Bobcats No. 1 option on

offense, he is averaging just 9.1 points against the Spurs, his

lowest total versus any team over his career.

The Bobcats are scoring an NBA-low 20.5 points in the first

quarter, but Stephen Jackson – second on the team in scoring –

feels that better days are ahead.

“We’ve got to continue to fight, follow our game plan and good

things will happen,” said Jackson. “We have to find a way to bring

the energy from the beginning of the game. We’ve got to keep

working, stay positive and try to turn this thing around.”