After coming off an impressive win against the Nash-less Phoenix Suns, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Atlanta Hawks (44-34) in Atlanta 97 to 90.
“It was a huge win for us,” said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili after the game.
The Hawks currently represent the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Defense, and a very efficient game from the “Big 3” were the keys to the Spurs’ victory on a night where they weren’t looking for their accustomed array of outside shots. The Spurs only attempted eight three pointers in the game.
After the game, Spurs guard George Hill commented on head coach Gregg Popovich’s main focus.
“He wants us to be a solid team defensively.”
The game began with Spurs guard Tony Parker and forward Tim Duncan combining for 10 of the Spurs’ 12 points halfway through the quarter. For the Hawks, forward Al Horford and guard Joe Johnson combined for eight of the Hawks’ 10 points midway through the first.
Jamal Crawford came in off the bench and scored seven points for the Hawks, the Spurs’ offense struggled as the team only connected on eight baskets in the first quarter as they trailed Atlanta 16 to 21.
In the second quarter, Atlanta’s defense forced the Spurs to turn the ball over and the frontcourt of Spurs forwards DeJuan Blair and Matt Bonner yielded an uncontested Jeff Teague layup and a Marvin Williams coast-to-coast layup. The Hawks lead increased to eight points (32-24) with 8:34 remaining.no comments