The Atlanta Hawks fell to 1-2 in Summer League play with their 96-87 loss to the San Antonio Spurs (2-1) Tuesday night.
San Antonio took command of the game halfway through the second quarter, and cruised away from Atlanta down the stretch.
Aron Baynes and Nando De Colo each dropped 19 points a piece for the Spurs. Teammates Deshaun Thomas added 17 points and Marcus Denom chipped in with 14.
Atlanta jumped out to an early 10-5 at the start of the game and maintained the lead as they ended the first quarter up 25-20. Baynes helped San Antonio capture the lead three minutes into the second quarter, taking as much as a 5-point advantage, but the Hawks trimmed it down to a one-point deficit by halftime.
That’s went the Spurs took off.
They started the third period with 11 straight points to go up 51-39, and essentially won the game in that opening two minute stretch.
Late in the fourth quarter, Atlanta cut it down to 89-85 in the final two minutes, however, San Antonio scored the next seven consecutive points to put the game out of reach.
Shelvin Mack dropped a pair of garbage time free-throws to give the game a 96-87 final score.
The Hawks’ Mike Scott scored a game-high 27 points on 7-of-17 shooting and was astonishingly perfect from the foul line, hitting all 13 attempts. John Jenkins struggled to find his shot (4-of-15) but finished with 15 points, and Jared Cunningham chipped in with 12.
Both teams have completed their three preliminary games and will wait until Tuesday’s games are concluded to learn their placement in the inaugural NBA Summer League 2013 Tournament, which begins on Wednesday.