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San Antonio at Atlanta, Final Score: Spurs crush Hawks, 103-78

Another defensive clinic put on by the Spurs led to an easy win in Atlanta.

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The Spurs held the Hawks to only score off of free throws for the first four minutes of the game, but poor shooting from both sides made for a low scoring first half of the quarter. SA began to get everyone involved and every starter not named Tim Duncan had scored a basket as the Spurs led 11-7 six minutes through the first. The second unit came in and completely controlled both ends of the floor and all of the sudden it was a 22-9 Spurs lead. Manu Ginobili had seven off the bench to lead San Antonio as they went into the second with a 22-13 advantage.

The Spurs came out sloppy in the second, and had 10 turnovers only 3 minutes into the quarter. The Spurs suffocating defense held the Hawks to under 30% shooting though,  and SA maintained and slowly extended a double digit lead. A 7-0 run to close out the half put the Spurs up 22, holding the Hawks to only 25 (Yes, 25) first half points. The Hawks shot 24% in the half without a single player with more than seven points. Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 11, and Manu had 10 off the bench.

Atlanta came out with energy but SA wasn't going to let them back into the game. The smothering defense was visibly bothering the Hawks and no one on the team could get going. Paul Millsap was the Hawk with a decent shooting night, while the Spurs had six players shooting 50% of better. Danny Green even showed potential of climbing out of his shooting slump by going 4-for-8 from the field and 2-for-3 from behind the arc through three quarters. The good guys sustained a 20+ lead for the majority of the third. They went into the final quarter with a 79-55 lead.

A quick run from the Hawks to start the fourth reduced the deficit to 16, and it seemed as if the momentum may have switched. After a 12-4 run by Atlanta in which Manu scored all four of the Spurs' points, Kawhi scored seven straight to put SA back up by 22, and the hole was just too deep for the Hawks to climb out of. By that point, everything for the Spurs was clicking.

The Spurs win 103-78 and improve to 20-5 on the season.