NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Atlanta
(Wednesday, February 21st)
Final Score: San Antonio 103, Atlanta 96
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili poured in a season-high 40 points, including 24 straight in the first half, as the San Antonio Spurs held off the pesky Atlanta Hawks, 103-96.
Ginobili, who went 12-of-22 from the field and 14-of-15 from the line, also posted eight rebounds and four assists, while Tim Duncan had 30 points and nine boards for the Spurs, who have won four in a row.
Brent Barry contributed 18 points for San Antonio, which improved to 20-10 as the visitor this season.
Joe Johnson scored 30 points and Zaza Pachulia had 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who have dropped two straight and three of four.
A 12-0 Atlanta run late in the third quarter tied the game at 70-70 heading into the fourth quarter, but Ginobili and the Spurs came out strong to start the final frame to put the game away.
Ginobili opened the fourth with two from the charity stripe before sinking a three to hand the Spurs a five-point lead. Then, after Pachulia's free throw made it 77-73, the Spurs hit five-straight free throws -- two resulting from a Johnson fragrant foul and one from a technical foul on Atlanta head coach Mike Woodson -- to extend their lead to 82-73 four minutes into the fourth.
The Hawks did not go away and were within five, 91-86, thanks to Josh Childress' dunk with 2:45 remaining, but Barry answered with a trey and Tony Parker picked off Pachulia's bad pass and broke free for a layup to give San Antonio a 10-point cushion as the Spurs hit their free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
After Johnson dropped in a layup and Marvin Williams hit 1-of-2 free throws to bring Atlanta within 15-14 with just under three minutes left in the first quarter, Ginobili drove to the lane for a layup to ignite his 24 straight San Antonio points.
The Spurs led 23-21 at the end of the first and Ginobili opened the second quarter up with 16 straight points, capped by three straight free throws, to give San Antonio its largest lead of the first half, 39-23.
Atlanta, though, responded with an 8-0 run and trailed by 52-43 on Duncan's putback at the buzzer.
San Antonio led 68-56 late in the third quarter before the Hawks ripped off 12 straight points, capped by five straight points by Pachulia, to tie the game at 68-68 with 33.3 seconds remaining. Ginobili's layup briefly put the Spurs back in front, but Pachulia's tip-in with just over a second left tied the game at 70-70 heading into the fourth.
Williams scored 16 points for the Hawks, while Childress ended with 14 off the bench...The Spurs swept both meetings with Atlanta this season...Parker finished with just six points and four assists for San Antonio.
02/21 22:12:04 ET