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                 === Spurs edge Hawks on Duncan's late shot ===
 
 San  Antonio, TX  (SportsNetwork.com) - The normally even-keeled and stoic Tim
 Duncan  isn't much for facial expressions.
 
 Monday was an exception.
 
 Duncan's  go-ahead  jumper with  0.4 seconds remaining  lifted the San Antonio
 Spurs to a 102-100 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
 
 Jeff  Teague  tied  the  game  with  a  tough  step-back  3-pointer  over  the
 outstretched arms of Kawhi Leonard with 4.7 seconds left. Following a timeout,
 Manu  Ginobili  got the ball  at the top  of the key.  Duncan came off a Marco
 Belinelli  pindown screen from the lower right block, received Ginobili's pass
 near the right elbow and swished in the go-ahead shot.
 
 The  ordinarily expressionless  Duncan, who  had  23 points  and 21  rebounds,
 displayed his emotions. He emphatically slapped Ginobili's hand as he strutted
 to halfcourt following the make.
 
 Paul  Millsap's  potential game-tying  shot  from  the  left baseline  at  the
 buzzer ricocheted off the side of the backboard.
 
 Tony  Parker had 15 points and seven assists for San Antonio, which has won 16
 straight home games over the Hawks.
 
 Millsap  tallied  15 points and 14  rebounds, Teague added 19 points and seven
 assists and Al Horford finished with 18 points and seven boards for the Hawks,
 who haven't defeated the Spurs in San Antonio since Feb. 15, 1997.
 
 "If  we  play that  long and  that hard  in games,  we're going  to be OK. San
 Antonio  tests you  in a lot of different  ways. They test you on both ends of
 the  court. It's good  for our guys to compete the way they competed," Atlanta
 head coach Mike Budenholzer said.
 
 Budenholzer made his return to the Alamo City where he spent  nearly 20  years
 as  a video  coordinator and  assistant coach  for the Spurs.
 
 The  Spurs led 94-87 with 2:53 left before a Millsap dunk and Teague 3-pointer
 on  back-to-back trips  down the floor whittled  the gap to 94-92 with 1:48 on
 the clock.
 
 Ginobili  sank  a pair  of foul  shots and  Horford answered  with a layup for
 Atlanta  before  Leonard's short  jumper in  the paint gave  the Spurs a 98-94
 spread with 1:01 to go.
 
 Millsap  knocked down a  step-back triple from the right wing with 16 ticks on
 the  clock and  Ginobili hit two more free throws prior to Teague's game-tying
 trey.
 
 San  Antonio led  25-23 after a quarter  of play, 50-49 at the break and 73-71
 after  three in a  game that saw 20 lead changes and 17 ties. Neither team led
 by more than eight.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Spurs avoided  back-to-back losses for the first time this season ... San
 Antonio  outrebounded Atlanta, 48-39 ... The Hawks scored 23 points off 19 San
 Antonio turnovers.
 
 
 
 12/03 01:54:09 ET