Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Wednesday, November 15th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 6th

Bobcats 95

(2-6, 1-3 away)

Spurs 92

(6-2, 2-2 home)

    Coverage: MyCH

    7:00 PM ET, November 15, 2006

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    CHA 20 28 20 15 1295
    SA 23 21 19 20 992

    Top Performers

    Cha: E. Okafor 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl, 5 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 24 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast

    Morrison scores 27 as Bobcats stun Spurs in overtime

    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 San Antonio.

    "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 Oklahoma City.

    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 5-of-7.

    "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 lead.

    "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 buzzer.

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 92
    FGM-FGA 40-92 (.435) 36-96 (.375)
    3PM-3PA 4-9 (.444) 2-17 (.118)
    FTM-FTA 11-19 (.579) 18-22 (.818)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-41 24-63
    Assists 17 21
    Turnovers 12 18
    Steals 12 5
    Blocks 6 6
    Fast Break Points 14 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 19 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 8 3

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Emeka Okafor Okafor
    Points: 19
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 5
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 24
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0