NBA Sunday Highlights
Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks
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The Hornets fell to 0-3 this season despite a strong all-around performance by Nicolas Batum (16 points, eight assists and five rebounds) and Kemba Walker (17 points, six assists and six rebounds).
The team shot just four of 24 in the fourth quarter, which blew what had been an eight-point lead in a 94-92 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
It’s hard to win when you simply can’t put the ball through the basket.
Walker missed a corner jump shot in the final seconds that could have thrown the game into overtime.
Nonetheless, the Hornets showed some progress in ball movement, finishing the game with 27 assists on 32 made baskets.
They also limited their second-half turnovers to two after committing 10 in the first half.
Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 95-87.
San Antonio opened a double-digit lead early in the game and held off Boston’s charges the rest of the way.
The Spurs had a 13-point halftime lead sliced to seven after Boston’s 8-0 run early in the third, but San Antonio pushed it back to double digits 2 1/2 minutes later.
In the first half, San Antonio shot 37 percent, but held a 44-31 edge at intermission because the Celtics hit only 29 percent (14 of 48), missing 11 of 12 on 3-point attempts.
The Celtics closed a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to four points three times in the final 4 minutes, the last on Smart’s 3-pointer from the right corner that made it 86-82 with 2:45 to play. But then Leonard nailed a jumper and Tony Parker had a fast-break layup with 2:02 to go.
Boston missed 17 of 23 shots in a slow first quarter. The Spurs held a 3-2 lead over 5 minutes into the game before pushing it to 23-13 at the break.