CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tim Duncan shook off a slow start to score 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs avenged a surprising home loss to Charlotte with a 96-76 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score 13 points for the Spurs, who won their third straight game.

As was the case two days earlier, the Spurs got payback for a loss from earlier in the season. But unlike San Antonio’s 40-point win over Golden State, the Bobcats put up a fight.

Charlotte, which won in San Antonio 95-92 in overtime three weeks ago, led by seven in the first quarter, when Duncan missed three dunks. But San Antonio recovered and took an 11-point second-quarter lead and the Bobcats faded in the second half after guard Brevin Knight was ejected for picking up two technical fouls.

Sean May scored 18 points, Gerald Wallace had 15 and Raymond Felton added 13 points and nine assists for the Bobcats, who failed to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Rookie Adam Morrison continued to struggle, scoring four points on 1-of-10 shooting. He’s 2-for-15 from the field in the past two games.

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