SAN ANTONIO (AP)—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 game.
“I definitely miss 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.
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, 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 halftimeadvantage.
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.