Spurs hope to continue dominance over Charlotte

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs have responded well to head coach Gregg Popovich's harsh words from last week and look to remain unbeaten on a six-game homestand, which resumes Wednesday versus the Charlotte Hornets.

After last Thursday's 104-81 road loss against the Chicago Bulls, Popovich said his team's play was "humiliating and embarrassing." The Spurs went out the following night and posted a 99-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers to kick off the stay at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio got back to work in Sunday's 101-95 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks and Tim Duncan recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way. Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Boris Diaw and Manu Ginobili posted 14 and 13 points, respectively.

"We were more competitive. We were stronger with the ball. We competed harder in the second half than we did in the first half," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. "We made a few more shots, but it was about being competitive and being more physical and focused."

A 32-point fourth quarter was all the Spurs needed to push their home winning streak to five games. The defending champion Spurs are 17-6 in the Alamo City.

The Spurs, winners in eight of the past 10 games, will also entertain the LA Clippers, Orlando and Miami.

Charlotte will open a three-game road trip against San Antonio, Denver and Washington, and is 7-13 as the guest this season.

The Hornets will make the trip without leading scorer Kemba Walker, who will miss the next six-to-eight weeks because of knee surgery. Walker will have surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee Wednesday in New York and had missed three of the last five games with a cyst on the knee.

Walker leads the Hornets with 18.8 points and 5.2 assists.

Charlotte has prevailed in nine of its last 11 games, and handed the Knicks a 76-71 setback the last time out on Saturday.

Brian Roberts ran the point in Walker's absence and scored 17 points, while Gerald Henderson netted 14 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 10 for the Hornets, who shot only 32.9 percent for the game and registered 22 points on 18 New York turnovers.

"That's not good offense," said Hornets coach Steve Clifford. "We have a lot to work on, obviously, offensively."

Clifford's squad is defending well at least and has held four of the last five opponents under 80 points.

The Hornets suffered a 98-93 loss to the Spurs on Jan. 14 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Walker scored 28 points and Ginobili recorded 27 points in that one for the Spurs, who are unbeaten in the last eight meetings in this series.

Charlotte is winless in seven straight trips to the Alamo City.