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Spurs bench blows past the Hawks

 

 

The San Antonio Spurs used varies outbreaks from its break to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 105-83. The Hawks were coming off an impressive road win against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Spurs starters would stumble coming out of the blocks in the quarter and would commit 5 turnovers in the first quarter. Despite the miscues the Spurs would have a 24 -18 lead after the quarter, because of two three pointers by Richard Jefferson.

In the second quarter the bench would take over for the Spurs. Matt Bonner, Cory Joseph and Tiago Splitter would score 18 points combined to give the Spurs a 44-30 lead with five minutes left in the half. The starters would return to the game and would be outscored 14-4 to end the half with only a four point lead at 48-44.

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on the bench production, “Our bench was fantastic. A number of people came into the game and played good solid basketball both at the defensive and offensive ends. I was really pleased with the bench.”

The third quarter would be left for the veteran Tony Parker. Parker entered the game with 8 minutes left and was able to assist in extending the Spurs lead to 15 points at 76-61 to end the quarter. Bonner would nine points in quarter and would finish the game with a season high in points with 17. Joseph would have a career night in points with eight points in 18 minutes of action on the night.

“I was really pleased with Cory’s aggressiveness. He didn’t pay tentatively, as If he was trying to learn about the league or anything like that. He just played basketball in a very aggressive manner and that was great to see” said Popovich.

Hawks coach Larry Drew on the Spurs shooting, “They shoot the ball extremely well tonight, but we had some defensive breakdowns that allowed them to rally get some good looks at the three.”

 

 

 

The Spurs would shut down the Hawks offensively tonight thanks in part to their team defense. Popovich said, “It’s just one night in the NBA and we played, except for that period in the first half, we played real solid defense. We rebounded well, we executed and made shots.”

The Spurs improves to 10-1 at home and 12-7 on the season and will play the next three games on the road, Minnesota Jan. 27, Dallas Jan 29, and Memphis Jan 30. The Hawks 13-6 will play the next three games on the road at Detroit Jan. 27, New Orleans Jan 29 and Toronto Jan. 31 to end a five game road trip.

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By: Terry Davis
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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