(SL) – Going into Sunday’s game the Atlanta Hawks were 17-16 and coming off of a couple well rounded victories at home. The Hawks had lost their last 11 matchups vs the San Antonio Spurs, so if they could finally pull of a win vs them, it would surely be great momentum and moral booster for the team.
Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer spent 19 seasons in San Antonio as an Assistant Coach under Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, so this would also be a great battle to watch between the teacher and the student. The Hawks got off to a decent start and kept the game close going into halftime only down by 2. This was truly a battle with 9 lead changes throughout the game. Paul Millsap came through for the Hawks and had an incredible night with 32 points and 13 rebounds, despite the trade rumors that have began circulating. Tim Hardaway Jr Had a terrific game as well as he tied his career high with 29 points, and came through with a clutch 3 pointer to push the game into overtime with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation. This game which was tied 100-100 going into overtime, was full of excitement, and both teams really put on a show for this sold out crowd at Philips Arena, but ultimately the Hawks were able to escape with the 114-112 victory. Spurs vets LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker did what they usually do with Aldridge scoring 27 and grabbing 13 rebounds, while Parker scored 22 and added 6 assist.
The Hawks put a stop to the Spurs 4 game winning streak, and increased their own streak to 3. The Hawks are beginning to look more like the team they were in the opening weeks of the season, and a win vs a seasoned team like the Spurs is always a great accomplishment. This was a great way for the Hawks to open up 2017, and they will be back at it Wednesday in Orlando vs the Magic!