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San Antonio vs Charlotte, Final Score: Spurs blow out Hornets, 135-99

Victor Wembanyama put the game away early in the third quarter by outscoring the Hornets 13-3

Charlotte Hornets v San Antonio Spurs Photos by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images

The Spurs followed up their best game of the season with another dominant performance tonight, blowing out the Hornets 135-99 behind a dominant performance from Victor Wembanyama and solid contributions from the entire roster. Victor put the game away early in the third quarter as he outscored the Hornets team 13-3 in the first three minutes of the second half. He was the dominant player in the game despite only playing 20 minutes as the Spurs ran away with it, outscoring the Hornets in all four quarters for their most complete game of this season.

Doug McDermott had an incredible night hitting shots off the bench until he had to leave in the third quarter due to a bad closeout from Nick Smith with the old Zaza Pachulia move.

Tre Jones showed that he belongs in the starting point guard spot, as the offense flowed freely and found the open player all night as the Silver and Black kept the Hornets on their heels all game long.

The extended garbage time should work out in the Spurs favor, as they play again tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls with an opportunity for their first three game winning streak of the season.

Observations

  • The Spurs started their scoring on a Brandon Miller flagrant foul on Julan Champagnie, where Brandon did a Zaza Pachulia on him and undercut him on a three-point shot.
  • Both teams were pretty inept on offense to start the game, and the Spurs didn’t get their first field goal into five minutes into the game, yet still had an early 10-2 lead.
  • Dominick Barlow looked totally lost when the Spurs firs acquired him, but he’s really a good defender now, and has a journeyman’s offensive game. He’s a really good interior defender now even though he’s small for a big, if that’s not too oxymoronic to say.
  • I’ll never get used to Ball’s shooting motion, which just looks wrong. But you can’t argue with the results. Despite missing two months with an injury, he looked pretty sharp.
  • The Spurs led 28-22 after one quarter, but it felt like it should have been more. Once again, the Spurs closed the quarter poorly, mostly because Victor was on the bench.
  • Charlotte presents a really different challenge than the Pistons. Detroit’s roster (with Cunningham out) is terrible top to bottom, while the Hornets have plenty of talent, it just hasn’t come together for wins yet.
  • Keldon Johnson was called for a Flagrant One foul where he tried to get a chasedown block on Brandon Miller, who fell hard and hit his head on the court. It seems the flagrant was more about the results than the foul, because Keldon went for the ball and it was a basketball play.
  • Doug McDermott is always in motion, and the Spurs are finally figuring out that getting him the ball is a good idea. If he has a look, it’s almost always points.
  • The Spurs bench in the second quarter held serve and increased the lead with Wembanyama on the bench leading 66-45 at the half.
  • Victor started off the second half on an individual 13 point run which left the Hornets reeling. His teammates getting him the ball always seems to work out for the Silver and Black. The Spurs lead ballooned to 32 before Wemby went to the bench.
  • Closeouts are terrible in the NBA now. You’d think that players would be more careful about crowding players’ feet now that’s it’s a flagrant foul, but you’d be wrong. The Hornets committed their second Zaza of the game in the third quarter on Doug McDermott.
  • The Spurs had a dominant third quarter and led 103-71 with 12 minutes to play.
  • Garbage time started early in the final quarter with Devonte’ Graham, Mamadi Diakite, and Sandro Mamukelashvili getting extended minutes, and playing hard. Diakite definitely looked much better than expected.
  • Blake Wesley once again looked like a legitimate talent out there, playing good defense against Ball and showing off his improved scoring skill around the basket.
  • The Hornets showed a little life in the fourth against the Spurs deep bench with a 7-0 run, but that was quickly extinguished with a Blake Wesley steal and breakaway dunk.

The Spurs will be back in the Frost Center tomorrow night for a matchup against the Chicago Bulls, who have been playing better lately, and with Zach Levine returning to the lineup, will provide a tough test for the improving young Spurs lineup.