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Spurs hold off Hornets

Jan 29, 2015 - 5:36 AM San Antonio, TX ( - Tim Duncan posted his second straight double-double and five Spurs reached double figures in San Antonio's 95-86 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Duncan had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Tony Parker and Danny Green scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, in the Spurs' third straight win. They have also won nine of 11 and haven't lost consecutive games since late December.

Duncan and Green finished with three blocks and two steals apiece.

Al Jefferson tallied 17 points and 16 rebounds for Charlotte, which is 9-3 over its last 12 games, with two of those losses coming to the defending champs. Cody Zeller neared a triple-double in the setback, posting nine points, 13 boards and seven assists.

"They'll make you pay for every mistake that you make," said Jefferson.

An 11-0 run that spanned the first and second quarters gave the Spurs a 33-19 lead. They led by as many as 18 in the first half before taking a 55-38 advantage into halftime.

The Hornets got back in the game with a strong third quarter in which they held San Antonio to 4-of-21 shooting and 14 points.

"We went through a little dry spell in the third quarter," said Green. "It seemed like there was a lid on the basket, but we kept moving, kept finding each other, and kept penetrating."

The 17-point halftime spread was down to five points after three, and Gary Neal hit from deep early in the fourth to trim it to two before San Antonio re-established its offense.

Matt Bonner and Manu Ginobili, both of whom scored 10 points, hit consecutive 3s to jumpstart a 12-0 run. Duncan scored twice on the flurry that gave the hosts an 81-67 edge.

"It was a good win," said Parker. "We had a hard time in the third quarter, but fourth quarter we got it back together."

Game Notes

Earlier on Wednesday, the Spurs signed swingman Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract ... Both teams had 23 assists ... Gerald Henderson scored 18 points to lead Charlotte.