SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Charlotte won with out the free-wheeling and like a flash-paced offense the Hornets enjoyed with LaMelo Ball, although they may relatively rating their rookie point guard assist.
Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Terry Rozier added 24 and Charlotte held on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 100-97 on Monday night time in its first game since losing Ball to a wrist injury.
“We’re definitely going to omit him,” acknowledged Rozier, who refers to Ball as his “little brother.”
“But we’ve appropriate to purchased to adjust. Right here’s what we’ve purchased. He’s a weird player, a nice player, but right here is fragment of the NBA. Not pass on, but we’ve appropriate purchased to invent it happen.”
Ball suffered a fractured staunch wrist Saturday after a exhausting topple against the Los Angeles Clippers. Regarded as the leading candidate for Rookie of the 300 and sixty five days honors, Ball is anticipated to omit the remainder of the season.
“I think all of us in truth feel for Melo,” Hayward acknowledged. “It used to be nice for us with a understanding to a find a win adore that in our first game with out him. A quantity of different folks stepped up. All of us wish him a like a flash restoration. He’s in truth crucial to this group.”
The Spurs had won four of 5 but struggled to contain the Hornets’ frontcourt.
Bismack Biyombo and Malik Monk added 11 points apiece and P.J. Washington added 10 points and 13 rebounds as Charlotte snapped a 3-game skid.
DeMar DeRozan had 28 points and Derrick White added 21 for the Spurs to start a nine-game homestand.
The Spurs tied the game at 93 with 1: 45 remaining following a 3-pointer by White and a 3-point play by DeRozan. Rozier hit a step-assist 27-footer to give the Hornets a lead they may now not relinquish again.
“They in truth challenged our psychological toughness and physical toughness,” Charlotte coach James Borrego acknowledged. “I think this group in truth grew tonight. We withstood that. This used to be now not a finesse win. This used to be now not a transition, knocking down 3, originate of win for us. We had to gut this one out with physicality and toughness. You in truth need that alongside the fashion.”
The Hornets are 16-0 when leading after three quarters.
“It’s in truth spectacular for such a young group to find programs to win adore that,” Hayward acknowledged. “I think we’re warring parties. It’s nice to rating other folks that hit snatch shots.”
San Antonio held Charlotte to 19 points in the third quarter and the defensive push continued into the fourth when White’s jumper build the Spurs up 76-74 for his or her first lead since White’s game-opening 3-pointer.
“We played a extremely factual 2nd half, but we didn’t play a factual first half,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich acknowledged. “We regarded adore a group that appropriate purchased assist off the avenue. And as soon as in a while that’s the formulation in the NBA. That first game coming assistance is an spectacular one. I was hoping we were over that, however the first half used to be a killer.”
The defensive effort used to be wanted after Charlotte venerable a balanced attack to offset Ball’s loss in building a 12-point lead.
Ball’s absence used to be evident early as Charlotte used to be held to 2 like a flash-rupture points in the first quarter. The Hornets were fifth in the league in like a flash-rupture points at 15.1 per game but were held to 5 against the Spurs.
Hornets: Charlotte held San Antonio to 45 points in the first half after allowing 47 points in the 2nd quarter of a 122-114 home loss to the Spurs on Feb. 14. … Cody Zeller missed his 2nd straight game with left shoulder bursitis. Borrego is hopeful Zeller may be accessible Wednesday at Houston.
Spurs: San Antonio point guard Dejounte Murray arrived wearing Becky Hammon’s Colorado Remark jersey whole alongside with her surname and No. 25. The Spurs assistant coach starred at Colorado Remark before playing 16 years in the WNBA equally between the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars. Rudy Homosexual paid tribute to Rebecca Lobo by wearing the Connecticut All-American’s No. 50 jersey and DeRozan wore Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller’s No. 31 jersey from Southern California. … The nine-game homestand is the longest in franchise history, surpassing the seven straight home games the Spurs had in 2012.
Hornets: Remark over with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Spurs: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.