Tim Duncan put up his 17th double-double this season, scoring 17 points and registering 16 rebounds, to help the San Antonio Spurs dismantle the Atlanta Hawks, 105-79. The Spurs shot really well in this one, going 41-84 (48.8%) from the field, including 11-18 (61.1%) from three-point range. This is the eighth win for San Antonio (33-10) in its last 10 games.
Duncan finished 7-14 and converted 3-6 from the free throw line. Other top performers for San Antonio were Boris Diaw with 21 points and 5 rebounds, and Tony Parker with 11 points and 7 assists. Despite the loss, Paul Millsap put up 15 points for Atlanta on 6-17 shooting from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line. He also tallied 8 rebounds. Lou Williams contributed 12 points and 7 assists.
As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Spurs (81.2% DR%), who took advantage of the Hawks 27th-ranked offensive rebounding (21.7% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Spurs rank second in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 76.5%. Along with their eFG% of 55.4%, the Spurs connected at a rate of 61.1% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 15-2 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Hawks are 1-8 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Atlanta (22-20) to 0-2 against San Antonio on the year.
Coming up, the Spurs take on the Miami Heat, who are 31-12 on the season. The Hawks meet the Milwaukee Bucks, currently sitting at 8-34 this year.