Hornets top Spurs, leaving Greg Popovich win short of NBA record

San Antonio has lost four straight since beating Washington on Feb. 25 to move Popovich within one of Don Nelson’s record of 1,335 regular-season victories.

CLICCA QUI PER MAGGIORE COPERTURA SPORTIVA .

LaMelo Ball added 24 points for Charlotte, PJ. Washington and Montrezl Harrell each had 15 and Mason Plumlee had 13 rimbalzi. The Hornets made their final 17 Joel Embiid ha.

Any win, we will take,” Rozier said. “We don’t care if it’s by half a point, that’s the main goal we want to achieve at the end of the night. Così, whatever it takes.

Keldon Johnson led San Antonio with 33 punti, but was limited to five in the second half. Dejounte Murray had 25 punti e 10 assiste, and Devin Vassell added 14 punti.

They played hard enough to win,” Popovich said of his team, which lost leads in the waning seconds of the third and fourth periods. “They competed hard enough to win. The end of quarters are still a learning situation for us.

Ball gave Charlotte a 117-113 lead with two free throws with 55.5 secondi rimasti. Murray’s layup drew San Antonio to 119-117 before Martin hit four foul shots on two trips to the line in the final 33.6.

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier scores between San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl and guard Devin Vassell during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, marzo 5, 2022, a Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier scores between San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl and guard Devin Vassell during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, marzo 5, 2022, a Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

I thought we finished with one rebound at least,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “Cody had a huge rebound at the end to seal this game, but we had a couple of slips there. We have to get bodies on bodies and it could’ve cost us again, but we are fortunate to get the win.

With Charlotte ahead 115-111, Plumlee contended with Jakob Poeltl for a rebound. The two locked up on the ball, and Plumlee slung Poeltl to the floor in an effort to control the ball. Officials ruled it a jump ball and no foul on Plumlee.

They definitely kicked up the intensity and made it harder for us to make shots that we usually hit,” Johnson ha detto. “That is why we keep grinding and we will now get ready and be ready to go on Monday.

MURRAY’S JOURNEY

Popovich acknowledged the long path guard Dejounte Murray has taken from No. 1 pick in 2016 after one year at the University of Washington to leading scorer, including a torn ACL in 2019.

He didn’t spend a lot of time in college like a lot of these guys these days and he had to catch up on a lot,” Popovich said. “He got injured a bit and missed quite a bit of time, but through it all, he really matured to the point where this year he took the biggest leap forward as far as taking over the team.

Murray finished with 25 punti e 10 rebounds Saturday.

SUGGERIMENTO:

Sant 'Antonio: Johnson was perfect in the first period, making all seven of his shots — two of them 3-pointers — and his lone free throws. Lui aveva 17 of the Spurs’ 30 punti.

Carlotta: Gordon Hayward missed his fourth consecutive game with a left ankle sprain.

AVANTI IL PROSSIMO:

Speroni: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

Hornets: Host Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

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