Kawhi Leonard returned to starting line-up after missing the last two games with a stomach bug. The Spurs got off to a quick start with LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol both hitting threes from the left corner to take a quick 8-2 lead. The first quarter turnover bug was still a bit of a problem, with five total preventing them from building much separation. After a slow shooting start, the Hawks hit four of their last five shots to pull within two, 27-25, at the end of the quarter. Aldridge, Gasol, and Manu Ginobili each had five points.
The second quarter started with the Spurs getting three quick fouls, a missed Hawks goaltending call on a Parker lay-up, and a Kyle Korver three on the break, resulting in Atlanta’s first lead and a quick Pop timeout. The bench remained sloppy on both ends, and the Hawks stayed hot to stretch their lead to nine on an 11-0 run before Tony Parker helped get the Spurs back within four, 34-38, midway through quarter. The starters regained a semblance of control from there, and the Spurs led 46-44 at the end of the half, led by 11 points from Aldridge.
Both teams had trouble finding a rhythm out of the half thanks to some tight (and iffy) officiating. The Hawks were gifted three technical FT’s on a somewhat cheap Pop technical and borderline clear-path foul. The score was tied 59-59 midway through with Aldridge and Parker doing most of the work for the Spurs. Manu led the Spurs on a quick 7-0 run, and they stretched the lead as far as nine before a hot Paul Millsap got the Hawks back in it. The Spurs led 74-69 heading into the final frame.
Millsap continued to tear up the Spurs D and draw fouls to start the fourth quarter, and the Hawks quickly tied things back up. The Spurs got the lead back to 96-90, but the Hawks always had an answer. Millsap got it within one with 48 seconds left, each team traded misses, and the Spurs got the rebound with 11 sec left. Kawhi hit both FT’s to make it a three point game before Tim Hardaway, Jr. hit a three to tie things up with 3 seconds left. Kawhi’s last-second shot was halfway down before rolling around the rim twice and popping out, leading to the Spurs’ first OT of the season.
Hardaway hit two more threes to start OT, and the Hawks led 110-104 with 2:32 left. The Spurs fought back with Kawhi tying things up on a three with 34 sec left. Hardaway and Dennis Schroder each hit one FT off offensive rebounds to make it a two-point game wth 3.9 sec left. Kawhi missed a driving lay-up, and the Spurs lost 112-114.
Check back later for more on this one. The Spurs return to action Tuesday at home to take on the Toronto Raptors.