Soobum Im, USA Today Sports

The San Antonio Spurs use a 23-3 run to pull away from Charlotte

Charlotte faded midway in the third quarter and San Antonio used a 23-3 run to defeat the Hornets.

SAN ANTONIO---Charlotte entered San Antonio with momentum. The Spurs had a more precious commodity, however. 

Having not played since Wednesday, a well-rested San Antonio pulled away from Charlotte midway through the third quarter and eased past the Hornets, 114-94, at AT&T Center.

The loss ends a brief two-game winning streak for Charlotte as the Hornets dropped to 2-4 on the season. The Spurs move to 4-2 with the win.

Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 27 points. Kawhi Leonard paced the Spurs with 23.

Despite struggling from three-point range for second straight game, the Hornets trailed by only four points at halftime. Charlotte then took the lead with a 7-0 run to open the third quarter with Marvin Williams hitting a running one-handed shot and a three to spur the Hornets.

Charlotte led San Antonio, 71-65, with slight less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Spurs then took over.

San Antonio went on a whopping 23-3 run to take control of the game. The Spurs connected on 73 percent of its shots in the third quarter and made 55.6 percent for the game.

The three-game road swing will conclude Tuesday when the Hornets face Minnesota.