The Charlotte Bobcats entered Friday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs while playing some of their best basketball of the season. Charlotte had notched four consecutive victories on the back of their consistent, quality defense and a resurgent offense, but their less reliable side of the ball came back to bite them in a 92-82 defeat in San Antonio.
Charlotte shot only 37% from the floor and 3-for-17 from 3-point range (18%) in accumulating only those 82 points, and the San Antonio defense was outstanding. Outside of Al Jefferson, who finished with 20 points on 10-21 FG, the Bobcats couldn’t seem to get anything going for the duration of the night, and Kemba Walker had one of his worst games of the entire season, shooting 3 for 15 from the field for only 11 points.
San Antonio’s offense wasn’t anything particularly spectacular in this one (as you can see by the final score), but they were balanced and effective when needed. The Spurs placed five players in double-figures, and they were led by future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, who put up an impressive 17-point, 16-rebound, 6-assist performance in only 33 minutes.
The schedule doesn’t do the Bobcats any favors moving forward, as they continue their road trip against Oklahoma City and Miami before returning home against the Indiana Pacers (yikes!), but on this night, there was nothing to be ashamed of in defeat. They simply ran into a defensive buzzsaw.