Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Saturday, November 13th
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Game 2: Friday, March 25th
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Spurs 103

(5-1, 2-1 away)

Hawks 88

(1-5, 0-2 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:00 PM ET, November 13, 2004

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 24 20 33 26103
    ATL 18 17 25 2888

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 26 Pts, 18 Reb, 2 Blk

    Atl: A. Walker 23 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Hawks can't get closer than 10 in 4th

    ATLANTA (AP) -- One night after facing Shaquille O'Neal at a sold-out arena in San Antonio, Tim Duncan's next challenge was Jason Collier at a half-filled venue in Georgia.

    The atmosphere wasn't the same, Duncan said, but the Spurs managed to win again.

    Duncan scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and Bruce Bowen scored a career-high 22 points as the Spurs beat the Atlanta Hawks 103-88 on Saturday night.

    One night after a win over O'Neal's Miami Heat, the Spurs were businesslike in a victory over the Hawks as they relied on their defense until Bowen sparked the offense.

    The attendance at Philips Arena was 11,326, and Duncan said "it's tough sometimes" when playing before small crowds.

    "You don't have that energy from the crowd," Duncan said.

    Collier, the starter in the Hawks' rotation at center, scored four points with two rebounds in 12 minutes.

    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich applauded his team's ability to avoid a letdown.

    "If you want to be the best, you have to respect all the teams you play against and understand it really doesn't matter who you play," Popovich said. "I think we did that fairly well tonight."

    While Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker combined for only 12 points, Bowen provided scoring support by making each of his five 3-pointers.

    "Nobody expected Bruce Bowen to be five-for-five from the 3s," said Antoine Walker, who led Atlanta with 23 points.

    Bowen, averaging 6.0 points per game, called his career-best night "nothing special."

    "It was just a matter of getting opportunities and trying to take advantage of them," said Bowen, a member of the NBA's all-defensive team each of the last four years.

    After the Spurs built a 65-41 lead midway through the third quarter, the Hawks scored 11 straight points spanning the third and fourth quarters. The rally was capped by Royal Ivey's three-point play with 9:44 left to play, cutting the Spurs' lead to 12 points.

    A 3-pointer by Walker with 8:55 left pulled the Hawks within 10 points at 81-71, but Beno Udrih answered with a 3-pointer for the Spurs.

    Walker sank four 3-pointers in the final quarter. Atlanta's only other scorer in double figures was Al Harrington with 10 points.

    Walker, Harrington and Kenny Anderson drew technical fouls for Atlanta. A frustrated Harrington earned his by throwing the ball into the stands in the fourth quarter.

    "He didn't get the looks he normally gets," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson, who said other scorers have to fill the void.

    "We can't be just Al Harrington and Antoine Walker," Woodson said. "We have to get some other guys involved."

    Spurs center Rasho Nesterovic had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

    The Hawks, who set a team record with only 25 second-half points Tuesday night against Cleveland, were back in a scoring rut early against the Spurs. Atlanta trailed 44-35 at halftime after shooting 28 percent in over the first two quarters.

    The Spurs also were sluggish early.

    Ginobili, who scored 29 points in the win over Miami Friday night, was scoreless until converting a three-point play with 9:16 left in the third quarter. Ginobili finished with nine points and nine assists.

    While the Hawks' shooting woes continued in the second half -- they made only 2 of their first 10 shots -- the Spurs pulled away. Bowen hit three 3-pointers as San Antonio built an insurmountable lead.< ^Notes: @ In the matchup of the Barry brothers, Jon Barry scored nine points for the Hawks, and Brent Barry led San Antonio's reserves with 13 points. ... Center Jelani McCoy, who signed with Atlanta on Monday, made his debut late in the first quarter and scored two points in 13 minutes. ... Hawks guard Tony Delk (sore right knee) could return from the injured list as early as Tuesday night against Houston.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SA
    ATL
    Points 103 88
    FGM-FGA 34-78 (.436) 33-84 (.393)
    3PM-3PA 9-17 (.529) 5-10 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 26-36 (.722) 17-24 (.708)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-51 12-49
    Assists 23 15
    Turnovers 14 12
    Steals 5 10
    Blocks 7 0
    Fast Break Points 5 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 28 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 24 2

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Atlanta
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 26
    Reb: 18
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 23
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0