Spurs sink 19 3-pointers in rout
Danny Green scored 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs set a franchise record with 19 3-pointers to hand the Charlotte Bobcats their seventh straight defeat, 132-102 on Saturday night.
Green was 7-of-9 from 3-point range and the Spurs shot 56 percent from behind the arc.
Tony Parker had 22 points and nine assists as the Spurs won for the ninth time in 10 games to push their record to 17-4.
Green and Parker were a combined 18-of-22 from the field.
Parker scored 11 points in the third quarter and Green had eight as the Spurs pulled away and were never challenged after that point.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 23 points, and Gerald Henderson chipped in with 13.
Manu Ginobili chipped in with 11 points and seven assists for the Spurs in their first game with Joey Crawford officiating since a Halloween photo emerged earlier this week on the internet depicting Tim Duncan and Parker holding fake guns to the head of a bald man dressed up as Crawford.
Duncan and Crawford have had a confrontational past, but there were no incidents Saturday night.
Duncan only played 23 minutes, finished with 11 points and was called for one foul. Parker was not called for any fouls.
The Spurs opened a 59-44 lead at halftime after hitting 63 percent (12-of-19) from 3-point range. Green was a big part of that, hitting 5-of-6.
The game was tied at 20 when Ginobili entered the game and quickly knocked down three 3-pointers in between a 3 from Green to help the Spurs open a double-digit lead.
San Antonio continued to build on that advantage and wasn’t challenged again.
Frustrated by the team’s six-game losing streak, Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap benched center Brendan Haywood and Byron Mullens to start the game to send a message to his players.
Gana Diop and Bismack Biyombo started in their spots, leaving Charlotte without a true scoring presence in the frontcourt. Biyombo and Diop came in averaging a combined 4.8 points and, true to form, they combined for just four points on Saturday night.
The Bobcats have lost seven straight after a 7-5 start and their schedule isn’t going to get any easier next week. They host Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers before traveling to Atlanta.
Charlotte received a scare in the second quarter when rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist injured his tailbone. But he returned to the game in the third quarter after receiving treatment in the training room.