SAN ANTONIO -- Bryn Forbes and San Antonio's reserves gave the Spurs a big lift at an opportune time.
Forbes scored 22 points, Rudy Gay had 20 and San Antonio stopped a four-game slide with a 108-101 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.
"Wins help, but I think we just played better," said Patty Mills, who scored 17 points in his second start. "I think even if we would have lost that game we still could have had a positive feedback because we played better. That's where we're trying to be right now."
The Spurs played without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, who are out with quadriceps injuries. Charlotte was without Nicholas Batum and Michael Carter-Williams, who also have not played this season, along with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Each team had to find scoring elsewhere, and San Antonio's backups responded in a big way.
"I thought they were physical and pretty tenacious (and) communicated well," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Dejounte Murray added 10 points, helping San Antonio's reserves outscore Charlotte's 64-16.
"I just try and contribute the way I can contribute," Forbes said of his role off the bench. "Do what they tell me to do and try to affect the game in some way. That's all I was really thinking coming into the game."
Forbes was 8 for 11 while coming within five points of matching his career high.
"I thought Forbes was terrific," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. "He had three high pick-and-roll 3s and then he hit the last one near the front of our bench and it was a great shot at the end of the shot clock."
Jeremy Lamb led Charlotte with 27 points. The Hornets had won three in a row, but could not sustain a rally midway through the fourth quarter.
After Kemba Walker hit a pair of free throws to pull within 86-84, the Spurs regained a double-digit lead less than three minutes later. Mills fueled the run, hitting four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
"Patty Mills hit some tough ones," Lamb said. "They were contested. He just hit some."
Mills said he was inspired by Manu Ginobili, his 40-year-old teammate whom he teasingly calls "Grandpa."
Ginobili had 10 points and five assists while becoming the first South American to play in 1,000 games in the NBA. The 40-year-old Ginobili was spry, scoring six points in his first six minutes and then throwing down a one-handed dunk in the fourth quarter after playing 21 minutes.
San Antonio had eight dunks, one less than its made 3-pointers for a team that relies on outside shooting. The Spurs shot 47 percent from the field.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points for San Antonio, marking just the second time in nine games that he has not led the team in scoring.
Dwight Howard had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte, but was 1 for 4 on free throws in the final four minutes.