Six Spurs score in double figures as Silver and Black roll in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 17 points and seven rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held the Charlotte Hornets to 37 percent shooting in a 106-86 victory on Saturday night.

Rudy Gay added 15 points for the Spurs, who snapped Charlotte's three-game home win streak.

The Hornets entered the game 7-2 at the Spectrum Center, but shot just 22 percent from the field in the first half, fell behind by 11 at halftime and could never make a serious run at the Spurs.

Kemba Walker, who left the game briefly in the third quarter with a left shoulder injury, returned to finish with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He didn't get much help as Charlotte's four other starters - Nic Batum, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams - were a combined 6 of 29 from the field.

The Hornets cut the lead to 50-42 in the third quarter, but the Spurs responded with a 9-0 run highlighted by Kyle Anderson's steal and dunk.

Charlotte could never cut the lead to single digits after that point.

There was a scary moment in the third quarter when Walker went down with a left shoulder injury after colliding with Aldridge on a screen.

Walker remained on the floor in the fetal position for about a minute before being helped up and taken to the locker room. He was diagnosed with a bruised left shoulder and returned to the game later in the quarter, but the Hornets were already down by 15.

The Spurs built a 40-29 halftime lead after holding the Hornets to 22.2 percent (10 of 45) shooting from the field.

Both teams got off to a horrible start.

The Hornets led 15-14 after the first quarter despite hitting just 5 of 23 shots from the field. The Spurs were 6 of 23.

TIP-INS

Spurs: Outscored the Hornets 22-8 in the paint in the first half. ... Shot 6 of 25 from 3-point range.

Hornets: Howard was fined $35,000 by the NBA earlier in the day after making an obscene gesture to a fan during Friday night's 100-99 loss at Cleveland. .... Came into the game averaging having attempted 524 free throws compared to just 361 for their opponents.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Host Mavericks on Monday night.

Hornets: Visit Raptors on Wednesday night.

© 2017 Associated Press


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