Spurs rally from 19 down in third, beat Hornets 114-90

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are hitting the road as inconsistent as ever. At least they’re starting this nearly month-long trip on an upswing.

DeMar DeRozan had 24 points and the Spurs overcame a 19-point deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 114-90 on Saturday night in their final home game for three and a half weeks.

“We competed in the second half,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “We didn’t compete in the first half.”

The Spurs held the Hornets to 27 points in the second half and outscored them by 37.

Miles Bridges had 25 points for Charlotte, which has lost 10 of 11.

“It’s big, especially with that second half that we had,” San Antonio centre Jakob Poeltl said. “It really got us going. I hope we can carry that over into our road trip. The spirits are high right now.”

Poeltl added 17 points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes for the Spurs.

San Antonio plays its next eight games on the road as the AT&T Center hosts the city’s annual Stock Show & Rodeo. Its next home game is February 26 against Dallas.

The Spurs outscored the Hornets 50-15 during a stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters to win their second straight after losing three in a row.

“Every single guy was out there was trying to make a play, whatever it was,” DeRozan said.

“Whether it was a steal, getting in the passing lane, blocked shot, rebound, anything.”