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Spurs score early and often in romp over Hawks

I am not throwing away my shot — especially a wide-open three.

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

“Scoring is easy, young man. Winning is hard.” is probably what Hamilton’s George Washington would say about basketball. For the Spurs, both came easy this game. Seven players scored in the double digits, and DeMar DeRozan led the way with 23 points in just 25 minutes. Once again, DeRozan filled the box score, adding 6 rebounds and 8 assists to his stat line—the man deserves your All-Star vote! Additionally, Keldon Johnson poured in 20 while Jakob Poeltl delivered 14 points (on perfect 7/7 shooting) and 12 rebounds for another double-double and led the defensive effort with 3 steals and 3 blocks.

It looked like the good guys could do no wrong in the first half. These numbers support that look:

DeRozan was sporting the Argentina-themed Kobe 4 Protros so it was appropriate he performed a casual and slow-cooked Euro-step on his way to putting back his own shot:

Jakob Poeltl was dining out on Dejounte Murray’s dime. You love to see the budding chemistry between the two:

In his still very young career, Keldon Johnson has established himself as a man of boundless energy and effort, but here the second-year player showed off some fundamental footwork and patience to score a bucket off the backboard:

Beautiful teamwork on display: Poeltl found an open Johnson on a wrap-around pass for the slam:

Blockab Poeltl is my favorite nickname for JP, and it’s not even close:

And here are the full game highlights:

Next stop on the RRT, the Spurs head to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Sunday, February 14, 2021.