SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Adam Morrison decided to relax a little bit
after putting too much pressure on himself in the first few games
of his career.
The idea paid off as Morrison scored 27 points, surpassing his
career high from one night earlier, and the Charlotte Bobcats beat
the San Antonio Spurs 95-92 in overtime Wednesday night.
"The coaches were telling me I was putting too much pressure on
myself," Morrison said. "Everyone was expecting so much out of
me, especially at the pick I went (third overall)."
Morrison started the season shooting 32 percent, including
10-of-43 (23 percent) through five straight games before Tuesday.
But he has gone 21-for-41 the past two nights in Oklahoma City and
"This is a big win for us," Morrison said. "We've been in all
those games we lost, so to finally get one is exciting."
Emeka Okafor added 19 points for Charlotte (2-6), which had lost
four straight. It was the first victory over the Spurs in Bobcats
franchise history after four previous tries.
Tony Parker scored 25 points and Tim Duncan added 24 and 13
rebounds for the Spurs (6-2), who had won five straight games.
Morrison, a rookie from Gonzaga, scored 21 points Tuesday in
He made his third start of the season Wednesday, and responded
by hitting 12-of-23 from the floor, including 2-of-3 3-pointers.
He hit six of his first seven shots in the opening quarter while
the rest of the Bobcats shot 3-of-15 to start the game.
"He is a basketball junkie," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
"He's a scoring machine. He's a fantastic young talent."
San Antonio could have tied the game with 29 seconds left in
overtime, but Manu Ginobili missed a wide-open 3-pointer.
The Spurs were 3-of-12 in overtime while the Bobcats went
"There were just too many lay-ups that we missed and too many
mistakes that we made late," Duncan said. "Not to take anything
away from Charlotte. They played great. We just helped them out a
little too much tonight."
San Antonio outrebounded Charlotte by 20, but the Spurs wasted
the effort by going 2-of-17 from 3-point territory.
Charlotte rebounded Ginobili's miss and got the ball in the
hands of Raymond Felton, and the Spurs fouled him to stop the clock
with 16 seconds.
Felton sank the first foul shot but missed the second. Okafor
rebounded and slammed the ball back in to give the Bobcats a 95-89
"We were winning the whole game, but we finally finished one
out on their homecourt," Okafor said. "This is a statement that
we can do it. We didn't fold. It's a great morale booster."
Okafor entered the contest with four straight games of at least
20 points and 15 rebounds. In addition to his 19 points Wednesday,
he had nine rebounds, five blocked shots and five steals.
Both teams had a chance to win the game at the end of
regulation, but Brevin Knight missed an 18-footer that Ginobili
rebounded and pushed up the floor.
Ginobili passed to Michael Finley, who missed a 3-pointer at the
During a stretch of 6:08 in the first quarter Morrison scored 13
of 15 Bobcats points and Charlotte built a six-point lead.
But after the hot start, Morrison missed his next four shots.
After the Spurs won the previous night in a big effort to
overcome a 19-point second-half deficit, San Antonio coach Gregg
Popovich already had pulled four of his starters with 4:24 before
the end of the first quarter.
Finley hit his first four shots of the game and ended with
a season-high 17 points from the bench. ... San Antonio's pair of
Argentine players were cold: Ginobili was 3-of-14 -- including
0-for-3 from 3-point territory -- and Fabricio Oberto was 0-for-4.
... Morrison led the Bobcats with 48 minutes played, the second
straight night he's topped 40 minutes. ... Much of Morrison's night
came against Spurs forward Bruce Bowen, who has three straight NBA
All-Defensive first team honors.