Coming back from rest; it’s drama. The Spurs sink; burdened by a defense always absent from subscribers; but especially by a Gordon Hayward in the cloud. The winger; who had 22 points at halftime; adds 19 more units; 89% shooting success and brings his total to 41 points. In relays; Miles Bridges and Cody Martin get the job done and the gap explodes: 110-82 after 36 minutes.
The fourth quarter; the only one of the game won by the Spurs; is a long “garbage time.” The two coaches empty their benches and the Texans take the opportunity to close the honor gap. James Borrego and his players leave San Antonio with a resounding victory in their pocket after a game dominated from start to finish.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– The address of the Hornets. 59% shooting; including 53% behind the 3-point line. The visitors did not give their opponents a chance; chaining quality shots. A formidable collective performance.
– Charlotte is meeting with her patients. After spending 10 days in solitary confinement; Mason Plumlee; Jaden McDaniels; Terry Rozier and Ish Smith returned to the field. For LaMelo Ball; the comeback is scheduled for Friday if he is allowed to join the Portland side team.
– No progress for Thaddeus Young. Never really in his coach’s plans; the winger was only entitled to 4 anecdotal minutes at the end of the game.
TOPS / FLOPS
✅ Gordon Hayward. Author of 41 points in the 15/19 in shots in 29 minutes; the winger signs his best game of the season; and he needed it because he was quite erased by several games. The former Jazz winger is not far from the perfect match.
✅ Miles Bridges. In the shadow of the evening star; Miles Bridges is not far from the triple-double with 19 points; 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Game by game; the Hornets winger confirms he’s a serious candidate for the best progression trophy.
⛔ The Spurs defense. The men of “Pop” conceded 110 points in three quarters; allowing the Hornets to shoot 59% in the game. There are nights like this when nothing counts and the young Spurs have exploded. Former San Antonio assistant James Borrego turned the Spurs into the Spurs!
Charlotte (16-14 years) : Friday; trip to Blazers on difficulty.
San Antonio (10-17) : Dangerous trip to Salt Lake City; Friday.
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