Spurs Struggle in 100-86 Loss to Atlanta Hawks

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs are now 0-3 after losing 100-86 to the Atlanta Hawks. It was ugly, and the Spurs looked out of sorts against one of the league’s best teams. The Spurs finished the game with 18 turnovers, compared to the 16 for the Hawks.

Both teams began the game sluggish from the field, but the Hawks got going and ended up shooting 41 percent, while the Spurs finished an abysmal 33 percent. Atlanta outscored San Antonio 58-38 in the second half after trailing six points at the break.

Oct 14, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward

Kawhi Leonard

(2) drives against Atlanta Hawks guard

Kent Bazemore

(24) in the first quarter of their game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Unlike most of the Spurs, Kawhi Leonard actually looked solid. The 24-year-old wing finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. Manu Ginobili was the only other Spur player to reach double-digit points, as he finished with 10 off the bench.

San Antonio didn’t help itself from three point range either, as the team went 4-of-20. The Hawks made a respectable 11-of-31 attempts from downtown.

Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting, adding five rebounds in 25 minutes. Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap netted 13 points apiece.

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Both teams finished the game with 34 points in the paint.

LaMarcus Aldridge (back spasms) and Boris Diaw (coach’s decision) didn’t play for the Spurs.

The Spurs will look to turn things around and pick up their first preseason win on Sunday when they take on the Detroit Pistons. This is the first home game for the Spurs in the preseason, and Aldridge is expected to make his San Antonio debut.

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