In Gary Neal’s second return to the AT&T Center on Friday, his new team, the Charlotte Bobcats and their new defensive minded reputation put forth a gritty effort against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs, as it took execution in the fourth quarter, for the Spurs to move past the Bobcats 92-82. Led by Duncan’s 17 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists, the Spurs were able to rebound from a 14-point deficit, as six players finished scoring in double-digits, and tightened up on their turnovers in the second half.
Here’s an analysis of some key components of the Spurs’ 42nd victory of the season, a win that cemented yet another winning season for the franchise.
Jefferson thrived in paint, but Duncan dominated overall
Al Jefferson finished as the Bobcats leading scorer with 20 points and seven rebounds. Though Jefferson shot 10-of-21 overall, he was efficient in the paint shooting 9-of-11, where he scored 18 of his 20 points. Jefferson, 29, is expected to be a dominant force each night in the paint as he’s the Bobcats’ primary offensive weapon. For Duncan, 37, he produced yet another performance that impacted all areas of the game, not just in the scoring department. Apart from scoring his 17 points on 50% shooting, in the process of grabbing his 16th rebound, Duncan made more history (via the Spurs’ PR department):no comments