The San Antonio Spurs increased their overall win streak over the Atlanta Hawks to nine games on Sunday night, when they defeated the East-leading team 114-95 on the road.
The Spurs opened the game on a 26-6 run and never looked back, going on to defeat the Hawks in a wire-to-wire victory.
Now that the game is over, let’s take a look at our studs and duds of the game, along with key statistics.
Studs of the Game
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs stud of the game is Kawhi Leonard. Leonard set the pace for the team throughout the entire game, nearly recording a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. The former first-round pick also shut down Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, limiting him to 12 points on a poor 4-of-12 shooting.
Hawks backup point guard Dennis Schroder did everything he could to keep Atlanta in the game. The second year point guard contributed 18 points and five assists in the loss. Schroder also did his scoring efficiently, going 8-of-13 from the field.
Duds of the Game
San Antonio Spurs
While the Spurs got a great effort from most of the starters, it would have been nice to see Tony Parker be a little more effective, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Parker surprisingly failed to set the tone for San Antonio, surprising given the results of his last few outings, only picking up eight points and five assists. Luckily for the Spurs, his off day did not hurt the team as San Antonio still blew out Atlanta.
Al Horford just could not find his rhythm against San Antonio and for that he gets slapped with the Hawks dud of the game award. The All-Star forward seemed unable to find the bucket, recording only eight points on 4-of-11 shooting along with three rebounds. Horford also failed to get to the line, something that would have been helpful for Atlanta considering they were minus-10 in free throw attempts.
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2: That’s the number of games the Spurs are now behind for the third spot in the Western Conference. San Antonio is also down only two wins to third-seeded Houston, making it entirely possible that San Antonio could claim home-court advantage and potentially avoid the Warriors until the conference finals.
14: That’s the difference in the total rebounds this game. The Spurs out-rebounded the Hawks 43-29. Good work on the glass will generally yield positive results. That is what happened tonight.
60: Not only did San Antonio out-rebound Atlanta by 14, they also out-scored the Hawks 60-44 in the paint. Atlanta’s inability to hang with the Spurs down-low really made it tough on them.