Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs went into Philips Arena and handled the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 98-93 on Saturday.
Parker scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs hold off the Hawks and also added a game-high 12 assists in 33 minutes of action.
San Antonio reserve Matt Bonner, a.k.a. the “Red Rocket”, nearly had a perfect shooting night going 7-of-8 from the field, including 3-for-3 from behind the arc, finishing with 17 points. Starters Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each scored 14 points a piece.
Tenured Spur Tim Duncan didn’t play, he didn’t even dress for the game, as the ever happy coach Gregg Popovich decided to give his Hall-of-Fame big man a night off to rest.
Truth be told, Pop was probably just trying to level the playing field.
The Hawks, meanwhile, still lost the game (as expected) and added insult to injury when combo guard #2 Devin Harris went down in the fourth quarter with a sprained left ankle. About 90 minutes prior to tonight’s game, Atlanta found out that Lou Williams (combo guard #1) will need season-ending surgery after tearing the ACL in his right knee on Friday against the Nets in Brooklyn.
Harris was having a great night for the Hawks before he had to leave the game with an ankle sprain. He finished with 13 points, one rebound and one assist in 17 minutes of action.
Josh Smith led the charge against San Antonio with 21 points, while adding eight rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes of action. Al Horford returned after sitting out of Friday’s matchup and finished with a game-high 15 boards to go with nine points and six assists.
Kyle Korver dropped 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 5-of-8 from downtown, and also pulled down eight rebounds in the contest. Jeff Teague chipped in with 16 points, eight assists and four boards. Teague struggled to find his shot and hold onto the ball throughout the game as he finished shooting 37.5% overall (6-of-16) and had five turnovers.