Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/8

Game 1: Tuesday, February 8th
Spurs104Final
Bobcats85
Game 2: Friday, March 18th
Bobcats76Final
Spurs93

Bobcats 76

(12-51, 2-30 away)

Spurs 93

(50-15, 31-3 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, March 18, 2005

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 20 22 12 2276
    SA 24 28 20 2193

    Top Performers

    Charlotte: P. Brezec 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    San Antonio: T. Parker 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Parker leads San Antonio's third-quarter spurt

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker quashed whatever hopes the Charlotte Bobcats had for a highly unlikely upset.

    Parker scored 24 points, half of them in the decisive third quarter of San Antonio's 93-76 win over the Bobcats 93-76 Friday night, clinching a spot in the Western Conference playoffs for the Spurs.

    "Tony's energy was great all night," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He pushed the break, he moved the ball. His aggressiveness set a tone."

    After trailing by 10 at halftime, Charlotte got its deficit down to 60-54 midway through the third on a short jumper by Emeka Okafor. But the Bobcats went scoreless and committed six turnovers during the final 6:05 of the quarter.

    "Every time you make a move, somebody is there," Charlotte's Primoz Brezec said of San Antonio's defense. "They put pressure on your first pass. There are no easy shots."

    Parker shot 6-for-8 in the third period, which ended with a 12-0 run by San Antonio. Parker scored three of those six baskets and assisted on two others.

    "We decided to play a little more defense," Parker said of the third-quarter lockdown. "I had some good looks because we were pushing them on the pick-and-rolls."

    San Antonio's lead widened to as many as 23 points in the fourth.

    Tim Duncan added 19 points for the Spurs, while Devin Brown had 15 and Robert Horry 11.

    The Spurs, playing their fifth straight game without injured swingman Manu Ginobili, improved their NBA-leading record to 50-15. They are 31-3 at home, also best in the league.

    The loss was the ninth straight for the Bobcats and their 18th in the past 20 games. They are 2-30 on the road.

    Brezec led Charlotte with 18 points, and Jason Hart and Melvin Ely each scored 10. Okafor, the team's top scorer at 15 points per game, finished with 7 points on 3-for-13 shooting and had 12 rebounds.

    As a team, Charlotte shot 37.3 percent (28-for-75).

    The Bobcats went up 13-9 in the first on a 3-pointer by Jason Kapono before a short turnaround jumper by Duncan started an 11-3 run that put the Spurs ahead by four late in the period.

    Charlotte made its first three shots in the second, tying the game at 26 on a jump hook by Ely. A dunk by Duncan with 2:57 left in the half began a 9-2 burst that ended the half at 52-42. The Bobcats missed their final seven attempts before the break.

    Game notes


    In reaching 50 wins in 65 games, San Antonio was three games quicker than their previous best, set in 1994-95 and tied the following season. ... Dion Glover, signed Thursday to a 10-day contract, had two points, four rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes for San Antonio. ... The Spurs have held opponents under 40 percent shooting 25 times this season. ... Charlotte's starting backcourt of Keith Bogans and Brevin Knight shot a combined 3-for-15 from the field.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CHA
    SA
    Points 76 93
    FGM-FGA 28-75 (.373) 39-88 (.443)
    3PM-3PA 1-4 (.250) 2-14 (.143)
    FTM-FTA 19-26 (.731) 13-25 (.520)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-49 17-43
    Assists 13 27
    Turnovers 25 16
    Steals 7 15
    Blocks 9 10
    Fast Break Points 6 28
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 22 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 4 23

    Top Performers

    Charlotte
    San Antonio
    Primoz Brezec Brezec
    Points: 18
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 24
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1