Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Friday, November 21st
Game 2: Tuesday, January 13th

Hawks 75

(4-9, 3-6 away)

Spurs 114


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, November 21, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 13 21 23 1875
    SA 37 31 23 23114

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: S. Abdur-Rahim 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Stl

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Blk

    Spurs first half scoring breaks record

    SAN ANTONIO -- Stephen Jackson got a firsthand lesson in how bad NBA teams don't always get the calls.


    Hawks forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim grabs a rebound in front of the Spurs' Malik Rose.

    Tim Duncan had 20 of the Spurs season-high 68 first-half points and finished with 25 to lead San Antonio to a 114-75 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

    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 game.

    "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 falling."

    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 track."

    Duncan also had a game-high 10 rebounds and did not play in the fourth quarter.

    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.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim paced the Hawks with 16 points, Dion Glover had 14 and Nazr Mohammed 10. Atlanta has not won in San Antonio since February 15, 1997.

    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 Spurs points.

    "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 lead.

    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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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 75 114
    FGM-FGA 27-80 (.338) 44-85 (.518)
    3PM-3PA 1-8 (.125) 8-15 (.533)
    FTM-FTA 20-26 (.769) 18-24 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-41 10-50
    Assists 11 28
    Turnovers 21 13
    Steals 9 16
    Blocks 6 9
    Fast Break Points 5 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 16
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 25
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4