After a rough night on Wednesday, losing both Kawhi and the game to the Thunder, it was nice to sit back and watch the Silver and Black go to work on an opponent again. It was a 24-9 run that put the game away: one minute it was 8-7, the next it was 32-16 and the game was effectively over.
Tim Duncan recorded a double-double before halftime with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks (two of which were on Atlanta's first two possessions) and Patty Mills had 15 points going 5-6 from deep. We even had a Nando De Colo sighting in the 2nd quarter!
As good as the first half was for the Spurs, it was just as bad for the Hawks, who turned the ball over 11 times in the 1st quarter and lost Jeff Teague to a sprained ankle in the 2nd.
The Spurs lead at halftime 55-34, with 32 of their points coming from the bench.
The 2nd half was more of the same for both teams, with the more compelling contest turning into who would score more points on the night: Carmelo Anthony or the Atlanta Hawks? If you switched over to the Knicks game to find out, you missed Othyus Jeffers getting his first minutes. He finished the game with 2 points and 2 rebounds.
When it was all over, the Hawks were held to 38% shooting, every member of the Spurs scored and San Antonio moved to 33-10 on the season.
With this win, Gregg Popovich ties Red Auerbach for 10th place on the all-time NBA wins list with 938.