The San Antonio Spurs faced off against the Atlanta Hawks as they continue their preseason. This game would go in the Hawks’ favor as they took the win, 130-127.
Heading into the contest, the Spurs announced that LaMarcus Aldridge would not be playing so he could rest. Because of this, the Spurs were going to battle without their best player.
But, that didn’t stop the Spurs from putting on an offensive clinic.
As a team the Spurs shot 55 percent from the field in the contest. Although this percentage is high, the Hawks were able to do even better by shooting 58 percent.
Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 28 points on an impressive 10-15 shooting from the field. Bryn Forbes was able to score 22 points and DeMar DeRozan and Derrick White each added 15 of their own. Pau Gasol and Jakob Poeltl each added six rebounds a piece.
Despite coming out of the gates earlier hitting back to back three pointers, the Spurs could not find an answer for Taurean Prince who scored 16 points before finally missing a shot.
Despite this hot start from Prince, the Spurs were able to nail seven three pointers in the first quarter to secure a 36-32 lead. They were able to keep maintain their momentum as they finished the second quarter with 28 points and a 64-62 lead.
Gay and Marco Belinelli led the Spurs after the first half in scoring. Gay had 12 points and Belinelli added 10 of his own.
Heading into the second half, the Spurs were not able to maintain their lead and found themselves down after the third. The fourth quarter began with a score of 92-100 in favor of the Hawks.
After capturing the lead in the third, the Hawks were able to post a shooting percentage of 60 percent in the fourth quarter alone. And even though the Spurs outscored them in this quarter (35-30), the Hawks were hitting their shots when it mattered.
The Spurs were able to tie up the game 125-125 with roughly a minute to play. After scoring a bucket a piece in the remaining minute, Hawks rookie Trae Young was able to nail a long three ball with two seconds left on the clock to give them a three point lead.
The Spurs failed to hit a shot of their own and would end up losing the game making their preseason record 2-2.
The Spurs are back in action on Friday as they face off against the Orlando Magic at 6:00 P.M. CST in their preseason finale.