SAN ANTONIO -- Stephen Jackson got a firsthand lesson in how
bad NBA teams don't always get the calls.
The game marked the return of Jackson, San Antonio's starting
shooting guard last season when the Spurs won the championship.
Jackson made the first basket, giving Atlanta its only lead of
the game, 2-0, and then missed his next five. Jackson finished
2-for-9 for eight points, becoming visibly upset in the first
quarter when an apparent foul caused a cut to his right hand but
nothing was called.
"It was sliced up all game," Jackson said of his hand. "I was
wondering where the foul was."
Jackson turned down a three-year contract to stay with the Spurs
and later signed a one-year deal with Atlanta for less money.
He received hugs from his former teammates and coaches after the
"I definitely miss (those) guys and miss San Antonio," said Jackson,
who received his championship ring in a pregame ceremony. "I was
just trying to be focused on the game; my shots just weren't
Manu Ginobili had 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting with five
rebounds and five assists, and Tony Parker had 17 points and six
assists as the Spurs bounced back from a 95-92 defeat the previous
night at Dallas.
"It felt great to get back into the swing of things," Duncan
said. "After last night we wanted to get back on the right
Duncan also had a game-high 10 rebounds and did not play in the
The Spurs opened the game with a 13-5 run in which Ginobili, who
replaced Jackson as San Antonio's starting shooting guard, scored
eight points, including two 3-pointers. The Spurs led 37-13 by the
end of the first quarter.
The frustrated Hawks shot 33.8 percent from the field against
the team holding opponents to the second-lowest field percentage in
the league. They also committed 21 turnovers that turned into 24
"I'm sure everyone is disappointed. We just didn't play very
well as a group," said Hawks coach Terry Stotts.
Jason Terry, usually Atlanta's leading scorer, had just two points.
The Spurs extended their lead to 41 when Devin Brown hit a
22-foot jump shot with 5:46 in the fourth, giving them an 108-67
San Antonio shot 52 percent from the field (44 of 85).
Duncan had seven of the Spurs last 12 points to give them a
68-34 halftime advantage.
Game Notes: Jackson said of his ring: "I'm going to enjoy it, no
matter what the outcome." ... San Antonio was 8-of-15 (53 percent)
from the 3-point line ... Atlanta split the season series with San
Antonio in 2002-03.
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