Duncan, Spurs stroll past Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — Tim Duncan had 17 points and 16 rebounds in another dominant performance against Atlanta and the San Antonio Spurs coasted to a 105-79 win over the short-handed Hawks on Friday night.
Duncan, who blocked four shots, and point guard Tony Parker didn’t return after leaving the game with the Spurs leading 77-50 late in the third quarter. The Spurs used backup players in the fourth.
Boris Diaw led the Spurs with 21 points. Patty Mills, who made six of eight 3-pointers, had 18 points.
The Hawks, already short-handed without Pero Antic and DeMarre Carroll, lost point guard Jeff Teague to a left ankle sprain in the second period. Teague didn’t return.
Paul Millsap’s 15 points led the Hawks, who set a season scoring low.
It was Duncan’s second strong showing against the Hawks this season. He had 23 points and 21 rebounds in the Spurs’ 102-100 win over the Hawks on Dec. 2 in San Antonio.
Parker had 11 points and seven assists.
Teague was leading the Hawks with nine points when he hurt his ankle by landing on Duncan’s foot. Teague then limped off the court.
Even with Teague, the Hawks had only 10 players in uniform. They played their first game after losing Antic for two to four weeks with a stress fracture in his right ankle. Antic had been the replacement for Al Horford, who was lost for the season when he tore his right pectoral muscle on Dec. 26.
Carroll was held out with a mild strain to his left hamstring.
The Spurs also have a new injury problem.
Cory Joseph started for Kawhi Leonard, who will miss three to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.
Duncan was dominant from the start. He blocked Millsap’s shot on the Hawks’ first possession, then hit a jumper before blocking an attempt by Gustavo Ayon on Atlanta’s next attempt.
The Hawks’ last lead was 7-6. Back-to-back baskets by Parker and Duncan gave San Antonio the lead for good. Mills sank three 3-pointers in the final minutes of the opening period to stretch the lead to 27-14. The Spurs kept the lead in double figures the remainder of the game.
Kyle Korver scored his only points on a 3-pointer with about 6 minutes remaining in the first half. He extended his NBA record to 111 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, the former longtime Spurs assistant, was called for a technical foul in the second quarter.
NOTES: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tied Red Auerbach for 10th place all-time with 938 wins. … Duncan posted his 17th double-double of the season. … The Hawks set their previous scoring low in an 83-80 loss to Houston on Jan. 10. … The Spurs are 6-0 on the road against Eastern Conference teams. … San Antonio signed G Othyus Jeffers to a 10-day contract. Jeffers averaged 22.8 points and 11.4 rebounds in 22 games with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League this season.