Spurs shut down Hawks again

Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:30pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - The San Antonio Spurs' winning streak against the Atlanta Hawks is now 11 games and Mike Budenholzer is 0-6 against coaching mentor Gregg Popovich.

The Spurs -- the NBA's top defensive team at 88.2 points per game -- held Atlanta to 25 points in the first half and romped to a 103-78 victory over the Hawks.

Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points to lead San Antonio in scoring for the 15th time. Manu Ginobili added 17 off the bench as the Spurs led by as many as 28 in the third quarter.

"It was one of those NBA nights. We had a good night and they had a poor night," Popovich said.

"It happens now and then with good teams. We've had our games where we've basically laid an egg and the other team played well on top of it."

It is rare when San Antonio plays poorly, though.

The victory was the 17th in the past 20 games for the Spurs, who have the league's second-best record at 20-5.

"They're a good team. They've done this defensively to a lot of opponents this year," said Budenholzer, a former San Antonio assistant.

Leonard added eight rebounds, four assists and five steals to his point total and the Spurs won easily despite 23 turnovers.   Continued...

Dec 12, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) attempts a shot against Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Spurs defeated the Hawks 103-78. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports