Hawks vs. Spurs - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks lost to the San Antonio Spurs 98-93 at home at Philips Arena. This was the second game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 22-18 on the season, 0-1 in the regular season series with the Spurs, and 0-2 in their back-to-back set. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, and Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Zaza Pachulia in the frontcourt. Louis Williams (torn ACL) did not dress. Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, and DeShawn Stevenson received DNP-CDs. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with 21 points. He also grabbed eight boards. Kyle Korver added 19 points and a season-high eight rebounds. Jeff Teague contributed 16 points and eight assists. Devin Harris scored 13 points off the bench. The leading scorer for the Spurs was Tony Parker, with a game-high 23 points. In the first quarter, the Spurs held the Hawks to just 16 points. In the second quarter, Tony Parker handed out six dimes, helping the Spurs outscore the Hawks 27-26 in the period, taking a 52-42 lead over the Hawks at the break. In the third quarter, the Hawks went on a 7-0 run and took their first lead since the opening minutes of the game. The Spurs responded with an 8-0 run and regained the lead, 72-70, heading into the final frame. The Hawks briefly tied the game at the start of the fourth, but Tony Parker re-entered the game and Devin Harris went down with a sprained ankle, and the Spurs reeled off a 5-0 run helped by 10 points in the quarter from Parker, and the Hawks lost by five. Kyle Korver got his 2,000th career rebound in this one. He also passed Chuck Person and John Starks for 39th all-time in the NBA for career three-point field-goals made. He extended his streak to 33-straight games with a made three. Josh Smith moved into 10th place in Hawks' history for free-throws made, passing Eddie Johnson. I think the key reason the Hawks lost was that they, yet again, didn't finish out the game strong. They shot only 7/24 from the field in the fourth quarter, after they kept it close through three. I don't know whether this is a physical stamina or a mental thing for the Hawks, but it seriously needs to be addressed. Tough loss for the Hawks at home.