NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Atlanta Hawks
When: October 14, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Phillips Arena
The San Antonio Spurs will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to take on the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. The Spurs are looking for their first preseason win after losing their first two in heartbreaking fashion. On Monday night the Spurs lost to the Miami Heat by three, after blowing a 13 point lead to end the third quarter. The Hawks on the other hand have won both of their preseason games.
Spurs blow big lead against Heat
Just when everyone thought the Spurs were getting their first preseason win against Miami, things changed in what became a 97-94 loss for the Spurs. The Spurs held a 84-71 lead through three quarters, before the Heat outscored them 26-10 in the fourth quarter. Ray McCallum missed a desperation 32-footer at the buzzer to tie the game at 97. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points, and Kawhi Leonard went for 14 points. Tim Duncan (14 points), Manu Ginobili (10 points), and Tony Parker (8 points) all played after missing the preseason opener due to rest. Coach Gregg Popovich also returned to the sidelines.
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Balanced Hawks attack beats Pelicans
The Atlanta Hawks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 103-93 on Friday night. Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 11 points. The Hawks connected on 11 of 26 three point shots. This doesn’t come as a surprise, the Hawks shot 38% from downtown, good for second in the NBA last season. Al Horford, Kyle Korver, and Kent Bazemore had 10 points apiece. Walter Taveras looked impressive for the Hawks. The 7’3 center finished with eight points and six rebounds in 11 minutes.
Who will win?
The Spurs will be hungry to pickup a preseason win, and the Hawks will be more laid back. Aldridge and Leonard will have big games to lead the Spurs to a close victory. The Hawks have the edge with their point guards (Jeff Teague & Schroder), but the Spurs are better just about everywhere else. Paul Millsap and Horford form one of the best one-two punches in the league down low, but the Spurs have Duncan and Aldridge to match them.
Spurs win 101-99