In their fourth game in five nights the Hawks fell to the San Antonio Spurs 108-88 with the largest lead being 30. This win marks the 18th straight home victory against Atlanta. The Hawks struggled from the field shooting just 42% from the field and a season low 23% from three in the game. After the first quarter the Hawks led 25-23 and it seemed that they would fight through the sores and heavy legs.
However, the second quarter began and ended horribly as scored just 12 points shooting just 27% from the field and 12.5% from three, meanwhile Leonard recorded 11 of his game high 22 points. During this quarter the team posted a -19 plus/minus rating while the spurs forced them into 6 turnovers leading to a 17 point lead.
Mike Scott lead Atlanta with 14 points (his 13th time scoring in double figures), five for nine from the field and +6 plus/minus rating during his time on the court. The spurs dominated the frontcourt showdown between the two as Millsap and Horford only accumulated just 16 points and 12 rebounds, meanwhile Duncan and Aldridge posted 23 points and 24 rebounds. The same story goes for Atlanta’s backcourt with just 12 points from Teague and Korver as the length of San Antonio threw their rhythm completely off forcing several contested or adjusted shot attempts.
Hawks return home Monday, but Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder wont be the easiest bounce back game.
Tip off at 8:00pm