Soobum Im, USA Today Sports

Charlotte Hornets visit Spurs Saturday in San Antonio

The Charlotte Hornets travel to San Antonio looking for their third-straight win of the season

Last time out Charlotte won in Dallas for the first time in almost 17 years. On Saturday, the Hornets travel to San Antonio and face the team that has dominated that same era.

In the second of a three-game road trip, Charlotte (2-3) faces the San Antonio Spurs (3-2) at AT&T Center with tip set for 8:30 p.m.

Charlotte is coming off an impressive victory at Dallas in a game that the Hornets controlled in the second half. Despite making only six three-pointers, Charlotte bullied the Mavericks behind the play of Al Jefferson, who finished with 31 points on 15-of-18 field goal shooting along with nine rebounds.

It was the first win for the Hornets in Dallas since 1998. That same season Charlotte also won in San Antonio on the road but the Spurs have not been as hospitable since.

Charlotte has only two road wins in San Antonio since the Spurs won its first NBA title in the 1998-99 season. The Hornets defeated the Spurs in San Antonio in the final season of its first run in the Queen City, during the 2001-02 campaign, behind 15 points off the bench from Bryce Drew. Tim Duncan had 29 points and 21 rebounds in a losing effort.

Charlotte has only won once in San Antonio since the 2004-05 season, when the NBA returned to the Queen City. In its third season back (2006-07), the Bobcats defeated the Spurs on the road and was led by Adam Morrison with 27 points; Emeka Okafor added 19. San Antonio point guard Tony Parker finished with 25 points while Tim Duncan added 24 points along with 13 rebounds.

The Hornets recently locked in Jeremy Lamb for the next three seasons and the former UConn star has responded. Lamb is 17-for-21 from the floor since signing his extension with the Hornets, and he has provided Charlotte with a weapon off the bench that compliments both his former college teammate Kemba Walker and newcomer Jeremy Lin.

Charlotte Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Kemba Walker

6-1

15.2

G

Nicolas Batum

6-8

13.0

F

P.J. Hairston

6-6

5.4

F

Marvin Williams

6-9

11.8

C

Al Jefferson

6-10

16.4

San Antonio is coming off a three-point loss in Washington on Thursday. This will be only the second game of the season at home for the Spurs.

For all the publicity long-time Spurs Parker, Duncan and Manu Ginobili have received in their glorious careers, the current San Antonio duo of Kawhi Leonard and LeMarcus Aldridge are the team’s two top scorers, averaging more than 35 points per game combined.

San Antonio now has Ginobili coming off the bench. The veteran is averaging 11 points per game despite appearing in only 21 minutes per contest.

San Antonio Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Tony Parker

6-2

11.8

G

Danny Green

6-6

6.4

F

Kawhi Leonard

6-7

21.6

F

LeMarcus Aldridge

6-11

14.8

C

Tim Duncan

6-11

10.8