Spurs Spear Hawks 89-74

San Antonio overcomes 5-point first quarter to beat Atlanta
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2008 5:34 AM CST
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, center, shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) and guard Josh Childress, right, during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Monday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The San Antonio Spurs won their sixth straight game on the strength of another solid performance from Tim Duncan. The four-time NBA champion had 23 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in an 89-74 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Joe Johnson had 17 points to lead the Hawks, who have now lost two games in a row, reports AP.

The Spurs started out ice-cold, scoring only five points in a disastrous first quarter and only had 30 at halftime. But San Antonio stuck with it and held Atlanta to 11 third-quarter points, forced them to shoot 33% from the field for the game, and harassed them into committing 22 turnovers, eight of them from Josh Smith.