On Wednesday (local time), “San Antonio Spurs” started their 50th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with a loss. Jakob Pjolt recorded 14 points, 9 rebounds and two assists in a 102-129 win over the Charlotte Hornets. At the start of his seventh year in the world’s strongest basketball league, the 27-year-old Viennese played 26:59 minutes.
The Hornets quickly set the course for victory in front of a crowd of 16,236 at San Antonio’s AT&T Center. After the first quarter, they were ahead by 38:22. At the break, the guests led 68:47 and eventually won all four quarters of the game. San Antonio never had a lead throughout the game. Poeltl attributed the loss to a lot of early turnover, defensive issues and the fact that the Spurs missed too many open shots. The best scorer of the hosts was Keldon Johnson with 20 points. Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 24 points.
Spurs now have four away games in a row. On Friday, the Texans host the Indiana Pacers, who opened the season with a 107-114 win over the Washington Wizards.
Brooklyn Nets lost to New Orleans Pelicans 108:130 at home. Kevin Durant’s 32 points went a long way to winning the opening round. “Miami Heat” lost to “Chicago Bulls” with a score of 108:116. DeMar DeRozan, long-time teammate of Piolt, shone in the winners’ team with 37 points. In the fight with Dallas Mavericks for Luka Doncic, “Phoenix Suns” won with a minimum score (35 points, nine rebounds, six assists) with a score of 107:105. Devin Booker scored 28 points for Arizona.
Wednesday’s NBA result. San Antonio Spurs (14 points, 9 rebounds in 26:59 minutes by Poeltl) – Charlotte Hornets 102:129.