It’s only one week in the season, but the Atlanta Hawks missed a golden opportunity on Wednesday night. The Hawks fell to the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 94-92. The loss dropped Atlanta to (1-2), but they played well down the stretch. However, due to San Antonio’s dominance over Atlanta at home, a win could have given the Hawks a huge confidence boost. Instead, Atlanta has lost 17 straight road games in San Antonio.
After falling behind 27-15 at the end of the first quarter, Atlanta slowly and steadily whittled the lead down. Atlanta cut the lead to 10 at halftime and outscored the Spurs by four in the third quarter. With the lead down to six entering the fourth, Atlanta was in prime position to pull off the upset.
The Hawks ended up erasing the entire 17 point first half deficit, but Manu Ginobili’s two free throws with 3.8 seconds left gave San Antonio the lead for good. The Hawks still had time for a game winning shot, but they were unable to get a clean look at the basket.
Atlanta had four guys in double figures. They were led by Paul Millsap’s 17 points and seven rebounds. DeMarre Carroll also had 17 points for the Hawks. Horford was the only other starter with double figures. He finished the game with 10 points.
It should be noted that Atlanta took 23 more shots than San Antonio on the night. The Hawks got up 92 shots, and 25 of those attempts were from three point range. That’s part of the reason why San Antonio had such a disparity from the charity stripe. The Spurs made 27/38 foul shots, while Atlanta only made 8/11.
Atlanta travels to Charlotte for their next game, while San Antonio visits Houston on Thursday night. The Spurs are now (2-1) on the season.