San Antonio fell heartbreakingly short on the second night of a back-to-back as fresher legs prevailed down the stretch of their double-overtime battle with the Hawks on Thursday night.
While the Spurs came within two points of securing a new single-game season-high, their porous defense couldn’t keep an upstart Atlanta team from dropping 134 points on 50% shooting.
Derrick White and DeMar DeRozan were spectacular despite the loss, with the former scoring a career-high 29 points and the latter pouring in 36 points, five rebounds, and nine assists.
Derrick began the game with a confident three-pointer off the dribble, setting the tone for what would eventually become a career-night from beyond the arc.
The fourth-year combo guard also showed why he is among the best backcourt shot-blockers, recovering around a screen to swat Bogdan Bogdanović from behind.
White continued to do some damage from downtown in the first quarter, staying a perfect 4-of-4 and draining this straightaway catch-and-shoot triple off a heady Rudy Gay assist.
Derrick's dialed in from deep tonight y'all— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 2, 2021
12 PTS | 4-4 3PT pic.twitter.com/f53tlP5iCY
Patty Mills was his usual scrappy self, fighting for a loose ball and then calmly re-establishing position inbounds before kicking the rock out to Rudy for a casual throwdown.
Dejounte Murray caught fire in the second frame as he got to his favorite spot on the court courtesy of a well-placed Jakok Poeltl screen and let it fly from midrange.
Devin Vassell intercepted an errant pass from Trae Young like a free safety and then took it coast-to-coast for a hoop-and-harm that gave San Antonio some much-needed momentum.
Although White was red-hot from three-point-land, the Colorado alum showed off his three-level scoring ability with a smooth pull-up jumper from just outside the charity stripe.
DeMar DeRozan steamrolled through the six-seven Tony Snell on his way to the rim and absorbed the contact while throwing up a fadeaway floater to draw an and-one opportunity.
Jakob Poeltl found Derrick alone on the perimeter with a beautiful short-roll pass that gave White his career-high sixth three-pointer of the evening.
First-round rookie Devin Vassell did his best Bruce Bowen impression, making sweet string music from the short-corner despite having Danilo Gallinari all in his airspace.
DeRozan made first-year center Onyeka Onkongwu pay the price for reaching in, somehow converting a ridiculously difficult and-one after losing the ball mid-layup.
The four-time All-Star then put his passing chops on display, effortlessly transitioning from a baseline spin into a drop-off to Drew Eubanks, who was waiting eagerly in the dunker’s spot.
Patty Mills may be undersized every second he spends on the hardwood, but all he needs is a smidgeon of daylight to fire his quick-trigger three-ball.
Rudy also got in on the three-point party, finding nothing but the bottom of the net on an above-the-break trifecta following a remarkable wraparound assist from Mills.
Derrick continued his audition to become the third member of the Splash Brothers, swishing home his career-high seventh triple off a nifty bounce pass from Gay.
DeMar put veteran journeyman Solomon Hill in the spin cycle on the left block and then gently laid the ball off the backboard to bring San Antonio within striking distance.
Just when the game looked like it might be out of reach, White poked the ball away from Kevin Huerter, and it eventually found its way to Dejounte, who converted a timely and-one.
This sequence!— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 2, 2021
Hawks 110, Spurs 108. Our ball. 11.4 seconds left. pic.twitter.com/qKQlDQvn9Y
DeRozan put forth some crunchtime heroics with a game-tying isolation bucket from just inside the paint that sent the Silver and Black into overtime.
Derrick White capped his career night with an acrobatic mid-air up-and-under layup that ended with a chance at getting three points the old-fashioned way.
And finally, here are the full-game highlights for those who couldn’t catch San Antonio’s double-overtime action against the Atlanta Hawks.