San Antonio Spurs Strong Early, Hold Off Atlanta Hawks for Win

By Jay Desai

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The San Antonio Spurs picked up their second victory of the season on Tiago Splitter’s season debut, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 94-92.

The game was tightly contested towards the end with Atlanta having the final possession in which they could tie or win the game with only 3.8 seconds left on the clock. San Antonio’s defense stayed steady though, not allowing the Hawks to convert, sealing the Spurs win.

The Spurs started out the game well, cruising to a 27-15 lead after the first quarter. It was Atlanta after that though, with the Hawks outscoring San Antonio 77-67 in the final three quarters.

Turnovers were once again the case for the Spurs, committing 19 in the game. San Antonio was able to overcome their poor ball control on the glass however, out-rebounding the Hawks 50-37.

Another reason for Atlanta’s demise was although the Spurs were very turnover prone, the Hawks still lost the fast break points battle finding themselves outscored 18-11 in that statistic.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well, with both converting less than 45% of their field goal attempts.

San Antonio had a very well-rounded attack in their win. Seven Spurs scored in double figures, the highest being Tony Parker and Tim Duncan with 17 points apiece.

On the other side, the Hawks received a nice contribution from their starting forwards. DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap combined for 34 points and 12 rebounds on a solid 15-31 from the field.

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The win moved the Spurs to 2-1 while the Hawks fell to 1-2. The victory also gave Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich 900 wins together, the most all-time for player-coach combos.

San Antonio also extended its home win streak over Atlanta to 17.

The Spurs can’t celebrate this win too much, however. Not only do they have a game against the undefeated Rockets in Houston at 7 p.m. CT on TNT, they also lost Marco Belinelli to a groin injury during the game.

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