No matter how hard they try, the Atlanta Hawks can not beat Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. Richard Jefferson and Manu Ginobili had 18 points each and Tony Parker added 17 points to lead the Spurs to their 13th straight win over the Hawks in San Antonio with a 108-92 win on Friday night.
Al Horford had 19 points and Josh Smith added 15 for Atlanta, which last won there in Feb. 1997.
For a brief moment it looked like the Hawks had a chance to break that unlucky losing streak, as the team took a brief 73-71 lead on a layup by Maurice Evans to start the final quarter. But the Spurs went on an 18-6 run to build a double-digit lead and put the Hawks away. Jefferson was money from behind the 3-point line, connecting on 5-of-6 from behind the arc, including three in the final 12 minutes of basketball.
The Spurs won their fourth straight game en route to bumping up their league-best record to 19-3. Meanwhile, the Hawks (15-9) lost for just the second time in nine games, but fell to 2-6 against opponents sporting winning records this season.
Jamal Crawford had 23 points off the bench and Marvin Williams poured in 15 for Atlanta, which heads back to Philips Arena on Saturday night for a matchup against the Indiana Pacers (7:00 PM, SportSouth, 93.7 FM).