NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Atlanta
(Tuesday, November 20th)
Final Score: San Antonio 95, Atlanta 83
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Tony Parker scored 31 points and had nine assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 95-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks at the Philips Center.
Manu Ginobili added 19 points and Tim Duncan 13 for the Spurs, who have won six of seven. Fabricio Oberto donated 10 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio, which led by as many as 24 on several occasions.
Joe Johnson scored 20 points and Marvin Williams added 16 for the Hawks, who have lost three in a row and six of seven.
"That's the World Champions right there and they played like it tonight," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson. "Parker came in and had his way. We couldn't keep him in front of us. We have to do a better job as a team defensively, that's what's hurting us. We've given up over 55 points in the last three games in the first half. It's hard to overcome that."
Atlanta pulled to within 85-75 on a Johnson turnaround jumper with 6:44 left to play. The Spurs. though, responded with a Finley jumper and Parker layup for an 89-75 advantage.
The Hawks again closed to within 10 on Williams' dunk with 3:40 remaining, but San Antonio again extended its lead to 14 on two Duncan free throws and a Ginobili jumper with 2:23 to go.
The Spurs coasted the rest of the way.
The Spurs got 12 consecutive points from Ginobili, stretching from the first quarter into the second for a 39-23 lead with 8:49 to play before the half.
Parker scored 17 points in the second quarter to help the Spurs to a 61-44 lead at the break.
"He's a good player," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "This is not the first time he has had a game like this. He's an all-star, and that's what guys of his caliber do."
San Antonio led 29-20 after one quarter.
Atlanta guard Tyronn Lue didn't dress because of his injured groin and backcourt mate Acie Law sat out with a sprained left ankle...San Antonio has won six of seven and 15 of the last 18 matchups in the series....The Spurs have won their last four games at Philips Arena...San Antonio shot 50 percent while Atlanta shot 42.3 percent.
11/20 23:24:06 ET