Tim Duncan scored 23 points, including the game-winning jumper with 0.4 seconds to play and pulled down 21 rebounds as the Spurs defeated the Atlanta Hawks 102-100 Monday night.
Boris Diaw added 16 points off of the bench for the Spurs.
Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 19 points and Paul Millsap scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as all five Hawks’ starters scored in double figures.
Much like the matchup between the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans, this game was very competitive. In fact, neither team led by more than eight at any point in the game.
Late in the game, the Spurs went up 94-87 on a 7-0 run and looked like the game was in hand, but a 10-4 Hawks run capped by a Millsap three with 17.5 seconds left cut the lead to one. Manu Ginobili hit two free throws to push the lead back to three, but on the very next possession, Teague hit a three-pointer to tie the game with 4.7 seconds left. That shot set up Duncan’s game-winner. The Spurs in-bounded the ball to Ginobili, who found Duncan at the elbow.
The victory pushes the Spurs’ record to 15-3 while the Hawks fall to 9-10.