Tony Parker and Tim Duncan continue to prove that age is just a number in basketball, after their combined score of 34 points gave the San Antonio Spurs the edge over the Atlanta Hawks in the team’s third game of the season.
According to ESPN, the San Antonio Spurs held on to capture their 17th straight win at home over the Atlanta Hawks, 94-92 on Wednesday night.
The San Antonio Spurs are being watched very closely this season, as they were crowned the 2014 NBA champions after they defeated the Miami Heats in a highly anticipated finals, the Inquisitr reported.
Despite what some commentators are calling a poor display by the Spurs in Wednesday’s game against the Hawks, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have made a statement after they scored 17 points each. With Manu Ginobili adding 12 points, including a pair of free throws with 3.8 seconds remaining, these veteran players, who are normally considered old, have signaled to other teams that they can still score points when it matters most.
According to Fox Sports, the Spurs sealed the deal on the free throw line. When Hawks guard Kyle Korver tapped Manu Ginobili on the elbow on a 3-point attempt with one minute remaining, it ended a 6-0 Atlanta run to officially erase what was a 10-point deficit at halftime.
The Hawks were leading the game at halftime, but when the long-time Spurs star hit all three free throws to reclaim the lead, it was a crucial turning point. Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer clearly was not pleased with the call or the result. Forty-two seconds later, Spurs forward Tim Duncan hit another free throw. And after Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague came up with a driving layup to knot the score at 92-92 with 13 seconds remaining, it was Ginobili who once again got into the paint and drew a foul. He knocked down his two free throws to walk away with San Antonio’s first win of the 2014-15 season.
In total, 13 of the Spurs’ 24 fourth-quarter points came at the free-throw line, a total that the Hawks’ overall execution down the stretch could not overcome.
“They did a good job of defending it,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. “There was a couple of options. Give them credit, they defended everything well and we didn’t get a good look.”
The Hawks have now lost 17 straight road games against San Antonio dating back to 1997.
The Spurs will play the Houston Rockets tonight at the Toyota Center in Texas.
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