banner

NBA

more stats

NBA Preview from The Sports Network



Friday, February 28th (All times Eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (27-30) at San Antonio Spurs (41-16), 8:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs will resume their three-game homestand when the Charlotte Bobcats visit the Alamo City Friday night.

The Spurs played their first game at home following their annual Rodeo trip (6-3) and disposed of the Detroit Pistons 120-110 on Wednesday. It was their first game in front of the AT&T Center faithful since Feb. 1.

Marco Belinelli led eight players in double-digit scoring with 20 points, while Manu Ginobili added 16 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who made 53.7 percent from the field and improved to 8-3 in the last 11 games overall.

Kawhi Leonard returned to action after suffering a broken finger to post 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Leonard was out since Jan. 22.

"It worked out well. Our team got the win tonight and I got to play. I just tried to enjoy because sitting on a bench isn't fun," Leonard said.

Tim Duncan (13), Tiago Splitter (13), Boris Diaw (12), Patty Mills (11) and Cory Joseph (10) rounded out the double-digit scoring. Tony Parker missed another game and is dealing with a litany of injuries. Parker has missed the past five games (4-1) and is averaging 17.7 points and 6.2 assists.

San Antonio is 1 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City for the West's top seed and will close the homestand Sunday versus Dallas. It is 19-8 at home.

Charlotte has won a season-high four straight games and will start a grueling three-game road trip Friday against San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Miami.

The well-rested Bobcats made it four straight wins and five in the last six tries with last Saturday's 92-89 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies, as Kemba Walker had 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the charge.

Josh McRoberts was the only other Bobcat in double figures with 12 points, while Gerald Henderson and Anthony Tolliver scored nine apiece. The Bobcats have defeated Detroit twice, New Orleans and Memphis on the current winning streak. It's their first four-game win streak since March 25-30, 2011.

"To win four in a row against good teams and to play this well in a game like that was hard fought, you have to feel good about it," Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford said.

Charlotte was able to squeeze by the Grizzlies, who shut down Al Jefferson to the tune of six points and nine rebounds. Jefferson entered the game posting an average of 26.9 points and 11.2 rebounds in his previous 19 games.

The Bobcats have 12 road victories (12-16) this season, doubling their total of six road wins from last season. They are one road victory shy of the single-season franchise high.

With a 6-2 record in the last eight games against the West, Charlotte hopes to pull off an upset of the Spurs on their home floor.

San Antonio defeated Charlotte not too long ago by a 104-100 score on Feb. 8 at Time Warner Cable Arena and was led by Mills' 32 points. Jefferson and Henderson scored 26 and 23 points, respectively, in that one for the Bobcats, who are just 2-16 all-time against the Spurs.

Charlotte, which is winless in six straight games in this series, has lost six straight and eight of the nine meetings in the Alamo City.

02/28 10:32:44 ET

Other Stories

  • CBB: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA vs Kentucky

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Saturday at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Toronto

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Duke vs. UConn

    Tonight at 8:00 on 620am

  • WBB: Duke vs. UMass Lowell

    Tomorrow at 6:30 pm on 620am

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Washington

    Saturday at 4:25 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
DUKE
UCONN
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
NYK
8:30pm Tonight
HOU
NOP
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
7:00pm Tonight
UVA
CLST
7:00pm Tonight
LIU
FIU
 
7:00pm Tonight
STET
GSOUT
 
7:00pm Tonight
QUIN
LEH
 
7:00pm Tonight
SFLA
SHU
7:00pm Tonight
RICH
SALA
7:00pm Tonight
CAN
USB
 
7:00pm Tonight
DEL
TEMPL
7:00pm Tonight
WCU
WRST
 
7:00pm Tonight
VERM
YALE
 
7:30pm Tonight
SDKST
IDST
 
7:30pm Tonight
RIDE
MRGST
 
7:30pm Tonight
LATU
NICST
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHAR
APP
8:00pm Tonight
MISS
CCAR
 
8:00pm Tonight
DUKE
UCONN
8:00pm Tonight
BRAD
EUREK
 
8:00pm Tonight
PEAY
OAKC
 
8:00pm Tonight
JST
SMISS
 
8:30pm Tonight
SD
MNTST
 
9:00pm Tonight
UAB
LSU
9:05pm Tonight
EVAN
OHIO
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSFU
CSDH
 
10:00pm Tonight
ORST
DEP
10:00pm Tonight
PAC
NEV
10:00pm Tonight
USF
PORST
 
10:00pm Tonight
IDAHO
WALLA
 
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
CALST
 
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
COL
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
FLA
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
TOR
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
WAS
7:30pm Tonight
MON
ANA
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
STL
8:25pm Tonight
JAC
TEN