The San Antonio Spurs escaped as they beat the Atlanta Hawks 94-92. The first half was dominated by the Spurs as they allowed only 39 first half points. The Spurs held a 10 point lead at the half, but allowed the Hawks to make it more than a game, as they allowed 53 points in the second half. Here are some takeaways from the contest.
–Jeff Teague Was Shut Down
Going into the game, Jeff Teague was averaging 22.5 points and 7 assists. The Spurs shut him down to 5 points and 7 assists. Teague shot 2-8 from the field and had 5 turnovers. Tony Parker did a good job of guarding him, but he also got help from Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in many instances.
–Tim Duncan Had A Big Performance
If you look at the box score, you’d think to yourself Tim Duncan was solid, but that was not the case. Duncan finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. It wasn’t his offense that stood out on this night, it was his defense. Duncan finished with 6 blocks and 3 steals, while changing a countless amount of shots by the Hawks players.
-Good Bench Play
The Spurs bench was key in the victory as they accumulated for 34 points. Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, and Cory Joseph all scored in double digits. Diaw had a nice all-around performance going for 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Joseph scored 10 points despite playing only 14 minutes. Ginobili shot 2-7 from the field, but still finished with 12 points and 4 rebounds.
–Tiago Splitter‘s Return
The Spurs out rebounded the Hawks 50-37, which was arguably the difference in the contest. Tiago Splitter, who made his season debut finished with 4 rebounds in 10 minutes. While his lack of playing time doesn’t show he was the difference in the rebounding, his return shows the impact he certainly has on the glass.
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