Spurs and Hornets Face Off in Interconference Tilt
The San Antonio Spurs take on the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on Tuesday evening. The Spurs (43-31) come into Tuesday's contest looking to preserve their Western Conference playoff positioning, as they currently slot into the seventh seed with an identical record as the eighth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. San Antonio has dropped two of its last three games, however, but their one win during that span came on Sunday by a 115-96 margin against the Boston Celtics. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Spurs with 48 points, 13 rebounds and six assists over 37 minutes. DeMar DeRozan was a distant second to Aldridge, generating 16 points, 11 assists and two blocks. Patty Mills was the only other double-digit Spurs scorer, pouring in 12 points off the bench while also dishing out four assists and recording one rebound. Jakob Poeltl mustered six points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. The starting backcourt of Derrick White and Bryn Forbes posted matching four-point tallies. The Spurs will come into Tuesday's game without any short-term injuries to report. The Hornets (34-39) are doing their best to make a run for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, as they've won three straight games and find themselves just two games back of the Miami Heat for that final playoff spot in the conference. Charlotte's most recent victory was a memorable 115-114 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, which they managed on a game-winning, buzzer-beating three-pointer from half court by Jeremy Lamb. Dwayne Bacon led the way for the Hornets with 20 points, adding three rebounds. Miles Bridges furnished 16 points, six boards, one assist, one steal and one block. Kemba Walker generated a 15-point, 13-assist double-double that also included eight rebounds and four steals. Lamb and Willy Hernangomez contributed matching 13-point tallies, with the latter also hauling in 10 boards. Devonte' Graham and Marvin Williams had 10 points apiece, with Williams also dishing out nine assists. The Hornets will continue to be without Cody Zeller (knee) on Tuesday. Nicolas Batum (illness) will be listed as a game-time call, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (concussion) will be listed as probable. Tuesday's game marks the second and final meeting between the teams this season. The Hornets hold a 1-0 series lead, having notched a 108-93 win on Jan. 14.
Posted on: 3/25/2019 8:36 PM
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