Marco Belinelli quiet in 17 minutes off bench (Mar 2 12:00 ET )
Marco Belinelli's playing time tumbled with Tony Parker active for Sunday's game -- he finished with five points and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench.
The Spurs play a style that's been described as boring and ugly at times, so it only made sense that they felt comfortable down the stretch against Charlotte in a game their own coach said was ''hard to watch.'' Tim Duncan had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and San Antonio overcame a sluggish start to beat the Bobcats 92-82 on Friday night. The Spurs clinched their 17th consecutive winning season, dating to Duncan's first with the team. Manu Ginobili scored 15 points, Marco Belinelli and Patty Mills added 14 each and Kawhi Leonard had 12 for San Antonio (42-16). Overall it was a hell of a win against a very good basketball team.'' Al Jefferson scored 20 points and former Spurs guard Gary Neal added 15 for Charlotte (27-31), which had its four-game winning streak snapped.
Tim Duncan had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a sluggish start to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 92-82 on Friday night. Manu Ginobili scored 15 points, Marco Belinelli and Patty Mills added 14 each and Kawhi Leonard had 12 for San Antonio (42-16). Al Jefferson scored 20 points and former Spurs guard Gary Neal added 15 for Charlotte.
Marco Belinelli moved back to the bench with the return of Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday, but still hit 6-of-8 shots and four 3-pointers for 20 points and four assists.
The Scoop:The move to the bench is a bit of a concern, as was the strong play of Manu Ginobili tonight, but Belinelli still answered the call. He'll split minutes with Ginobili and Danny Green going forward, meaning his production could be ready to take a hit. Speaking of Green, he was quiet tonight with eight points and two 3-pointers, but did stick in the starting lineup at shooting guard.