Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/27

Game 1: Friday, December 27th
Game 2: Friday, January 17th

Hawks 93

(14-25, 2-17 away)

Spurs 106


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, January 17, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 20 22 20 3193
    SA 26 23 22 35106

    Top Performers

    Atl: S. Abdur-Rahim 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 27 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Duncan scores 27 as Spurs take down Hawks

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan's big game wasn't a surprise. It was the offense from his teammates that helped the San Antonio Spurs.

    Tim Duncan

    Duncan scored 27 and San Antonio never trailed in beating the Atlanta Hawks 106-93 on Friday night and winning its third straight and sixth in the last seven games. Tony Parker added 19 points, Malik Rose had 16, and Emanuel Ginobili scored a career-high 13.

    "It was a good game, we focused well,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "We played good defense and executed on offense. It was a good night and it will be good day off tomorrow.''

    The Spurs broke the game open with a 9-0 run to open the fourth quarter. They led 80-62, following two free throws by Duncan with 10:48 left.

    "In the third quarter we did a good job of not looking back,'' Duncan said. "In the past we've been letting teams back into ball games. It's very important to put a team away when you're up and tonight we did a better job of that and played better for a longer period of time.''

    Jason Terry scored 21 points to lead Atlanta, which lost its 13th straight road game. Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 17 and Theo Ratliff 16.

    "They are a good team and you just have to fight,'' Atlanta coach Terry Stotts said. "They really hurt us from the free-throw line. Duncan especially did a great job of making plays and getting to the line.''

    Ginobili scored 11 of his points in the final quarter as San Antonio stretched its lead to as many as 20 points, 91-71. Atlanta could get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.

    San Antonio led 49-42 at halftime and outscored the Hawks, 8-3, to open the third quarter. The Spurs led 57-45 when Parker hit a jump shot with 7:10 to play in the period.

    "This is a good win, especially after a tough loss at the buzzer against these guys last time,'' said Parker, who led the Spurs with four assists.

    Atlanta beat San Antonio 81-79 on Dec. 27 in Atlanta.

    Duncan had eight points in the third quarter as San Antonio led 71-62 going into the fourth. Duncan, who also finished with nine rebounds, had 17 first-half points. Terry had 12 points to keep Atlanta close.

    Glenn Robinson returned to the Atlanta lineup after missing the last three games with a right elbow irritation and scored nine points on 4-for-13 shooting. He had 10 rebounds.

    "We want to win all of these games at home and give ourselves an edge before that long road stretch coming up,'' said Duncan, who was 9-of-16 shooting from the floor. "It is important for us to take care of business at home now and worry about the road later.''

    Game notes

    Duncan was held one rebound shy of his 28th double-double of the season. ... San Antonio improved to 29-33 all-time versus the Hawks. ... The Spurs are now 17-3 in the new SBC Center. ... San Antonio improved to 7-0 at home versus teams from the Eastern Conference. ... San Antonio came into the game leading the league in blocked shots (275) and added six against Atlanta. ... Atlanta is now 2-17 on the road this season ... Rookie Dan Dickau had a career-high 11 points for Atlanta.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 106
    FGM-FGA 38-81 (.469) 38-80 (.475)
    3PM-3PA 5-8 (.625) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 12-16 (.750) 26-36 (.722)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-39 11-42
    Assists 17 19
    Turnovers 15 6
    Steals 4 8
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 5 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 21 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 17
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 27
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4