Hornets major Spurs, leaving Greg Popovich earn brief of NBA history

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Terry Rozier scored 31 factors and the Charlotte Hornets beat San Antonio 123-117 on Saturday night, leaving Spurs mentor Gregg Popovich a victory small of tying the NBA file.

San Antonio has lost four straight because beating Washington on Feb. 25 to transfer Popovich within one particular of Don Nelson’s document of 1,335 standard-season victories.

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LaMelo Ball added 24 details for Charlotte, P.J. Washington and Montrezl Harrell just about every had 15 and Mason Plumlee had 13 rebounds. The Hornets built their ultimate 17 absolutely free throws.

“Any earn, we will just take,” Rozier reported. “We don’t treatment if it’s by 50 % a point, that is the major aim we want to obtain at the conclusion of the night. So, whichever it requires.”

Keldon Johnson led San Antonio with 33 factors, but was limited to five in the next half. Dejounte Murray had 25 points and 10 helps, and Devin Vassell additional 14 points.

“They played hard sufficient to earn,” Popovich claimed of his team, which shed sales opportunities in the waning seconds of the 3rd and fourth periods. “They competed difficult more than enough to get. The conclude of quarters are still a studying scenario for us.”

Ball gave Charlotte a 117-113 direct with two cost-free throws with 55.5 seconds still left. Murray’s layup drew San Antonio to 119-117 right before Martin strike 4 foul shots on two trips to the line in the ultimate 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, March 5, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier scores between San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl and guard Devin Vassell throughout the 2nd fifty percent of an NBA basketball match on Saturday, March 5, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C.
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“I assumed we finished with a person rebound at least,” Hornets mentor James Borrego reported. “Cody experienced a large rebound at the close to seal this sport, but we experienced a few of slips there. We have to get bodies on bodies and it could’ve expense us once again, but we are lucky to get the gain.”

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 ground in an effort and hard work to management the ball. Officials ruled it a bounce ball and no foul on Plumlee.

“They surely kicked up the intensity and created it harder for us to make pictures that we typically strike,” Johnson reported. “That is why we hold grinding and we will now get completely ready and be ready to go on Monday.”

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Popovich acknowledged the prolonged route guard Dejounte Murray has taken from No. 1 decide in 2016 immediately after one particular 12 months at the College of Washington to leading scorer, including a torn ACL in 2019.

“He didn’t spend a lot of time in college like a good deal of these fellas these times and he had to capture up on a great deal,” Popovich said. “He got hurt a bit and missed really a little bit of time, but by it all, he seriously matured to the issue where this yr he took the most important leap ahead as significantly as having around the crew.”

Murray completed with 25 details and 10 rebounds Saturday.


San Antonio: Johnson was best in the to start with period of time, generating all seven of his shots — two of them 3-pointers — and his lone cost-free throws. He experienced 17 of the Spurs’ 30 factors.

Charlotte: Gordon Hayward missed his fourth consecutive activity with a remaining ankle sprain.

UP Following:

Spurs: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Monday evening.

Hornets: Host Brooklyn on Tuesday night time.

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