Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/2

Game 1: Monday, December 2nd
Game 2: Friday, January 24th

Spurs 105

(33-10, 16-3 away)

Hawks 79

(22-20, 15-7 home)

    Coverage: TSOH

    7:30 PM ET, January 24, 2014

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 27 28 29 21105
    ATL 14 20 22 2379

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 17 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Blk

    Atl: P. Millsap 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    Spurs-Hawks Preview


    The San Antonio Spurs had been relatively healthy through the first few months of the season, but injuries have started to take their toll in the past few weeks.

    The latest one couldn't have come at a worse time.

    Already without Tiago Splitter and Danny Green, the Spurs now have to adjust to not having Kawhi Leonard when they begin a stretch of 12 of 14 on the road Friday night against former assistant Mike Budenholzer and the Atlanta Hawks.

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have only missed a total of 10 games -- a handful of which were for rest -- but some other key pieces of San Antonio's core have taken a hit lately. Splitter has been out since early January with a shoulder sprain, Green has been out since Jan. 13 with a broken left hand that could sideline him until the All-Star break and now Leonard is expected to miss a month with a broken right hand.

    Leonard's injury occurred in the first half of Wednesday's 111-105 home loss to Oklahoma City.

    "(Losing Leonard) is a big loss for us," said Parker, who's dealing with a bruised shin. "We are already down Tiago and Danny, but everyone goes through injuries and we have to deal with it. Other guys are going to have to step up, but we just have to keep playing."

    The Spurs (32-10) now hit the road for three straight before returning home briefly ahead of their nine-game rodeo trip, but they've been awfully good at not dwelling on their losses. They're the only team in the league that's yet to lose back-to-back games, bouncing back to win by an average of 13.6 points after their first nine defeats.

    One of those situations came against Atlanta (22-19) on Dec. 2, when the Spurs faced Budenholzer for the first time since the longtime assistant got the Hawks job in the midst of San Antonio's run to the NBA Finals last season.

    Duncan hit a jumper with 0.4 seconds left to give the Spurs a 102-100 win in that game, finishing with 23 points and 21 boards and becoming the oldest player with a 20-20 since the league began keeping track of rebounds in 1985-86.

    That was San Antonio's 13th victory in the last 14 games in this series.

    Hawks center Pero Antic didn't play in that one but he'd been contributing lately, averaging 11.4 points and shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range while starting eight of Atlanta's nine games this month. Antic, however, suffered what was believed to be a mild right ankle sprain when the Hawks played in London last week, and a follow up Thursday revealed a stress fracture that will keep him out two to four weeks.

    Starting forward DeMarre Carroll also might be out Friday after exiting Wednesday's 112-109 win at Orlando with a mild hamstring strain.

    The Hawks blew all of a 19-point lead and trailed by six in the fourth quarter, but Paul Millsap had seven of his 24 points in the final 5:06 and also finished with six rebounds, five assists, five blocks and three steals to help rescue Atlanta.

    "He does that every night, Do-It-All-Paul," point guard Jeff Teague said. "He can score the basketball, rebound, pass it, everything. He's been the ultimate player for us this year, and he did it again tonight."

    Millsap struggled in the first meeting with the Spurs, missing 14 of 20 shots despite finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

    Al Horford was healthy for last month's visit to San Antonio, but Kyle Korver missed that game with bruised ribs.


    Research Notes

    The Spurs visit the Hawks tonight ... Tim Duncan currently sits in 21st place on the all-time scoring list, 18 points shy of passing Allen Iverson for 20th. Once Duncan moves by Iverson, it will be interesting to note that 5 of the league's top-20 scorers will have been born outside of the 50 states - (Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria), Dominique Wilkins (France), Dirk Nowitzki (Germany), Patrick Ewing (Jamaica) and Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands).
    The Spurs are 32-10 this season, just a game-and-a-half back of the Pacers for the best record in the league. But San Antonio is just 1-9 against teams that rank in the top 7 in win percentage.
    Prior to Friday's matchup with the Hawks, Tim Duncan had been holding opponents to 47.6 FG% from 5 feet and in. On shots he contested from 5 feet and in on Friday, Duncan had 4 blocks and the Hawks were 0-of-5 shooting in the 3 quarters Duncan played. Duncan currently ranks 6th in the NBA with 1.95 blocks per game*. * To qualify, a player must be on pace to play 70 games or block 100 shots.
    Tony Parker had 7 drives on Friday and was 3-of-4 shooting for 7 points in 3 quarters. This season, Parker is 2nd in the NBA in drives per game with 10.7 and 2nd in points per game on drives with 6.8 points. Parker also ranks 1st in FG% on drives with 53.1% (min. 300 drives).

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