The record will show that Aron Baynes' NBA career did not get off to the most auspicious of beginnings. Not 38 seconds after the rookie center made his Spurs debut in last Friday's victory at Dallas, he inbounded a ball to Darren Collison for a quick baseline jumper. This was a problem, inasmuch Collison does not play for the Spurs. "It's not the way you want to start things off," Baynes said after a more positive 18-minute stretch in Wednesday's 102-78 shellacking of Charlotte at the AT&T Center. "But, you know, sometimes stuff happens." With an ill coach Gregg Popovich convalescing on his couch for the previous three games, there was a lot of "stuff happens" going around for the Spurs, even as they kept on ringing up wins under acting coach Mike Budenholzer. "We all had some of those plays when Pop was away," guard Danny Green said. "I think it drove Bud crazy." It would make good copy to say the Spurs (37-11) tightened up their ship upon Popovich's return to the bench Wednesday. But that's not exactly what happened. They committed 23 turnovers, which Charlotte turned into 23 points, but still did enough to put a hurting on the NBA's worst team. Behind 22 points from Tony Parker on 9-of-10 shooting, 18 points from Kawhi Leonard and 17 from Green, the Spurs won their season-best ninth game in a row. It was the 17th consecutive home win for the Spurs, who haven't lost at the AT&T Center since Nov. 19. Before the tipoff, guard Manu Ginobili stressed the importance of taking the hapless Bobcats seriously. "We can't think we're going to win just because we are the Spurs and they are the Bobcats," Ginobili said. In the final analysis, that's precisely why the Spurs won. They did it by harassing the Bobcats (11-34) into 24 turnovers themselves — good for 34 Spurs points — and limiting Charlotte to 41.1 percent shooting. By the end of the rout, the game was most notable for Baynes' shot at redemption.
Spurs' winning streak rolls on
San Antonio Express-News | Jan 31