Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Saturday, November 13th
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Hawks88
Game 2: Friday, March 25th
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Spurs111

Hawks 95

(11-57, 3-32 away)

Spurs 111

(51-18, 32-3 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, March 25, 2005

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 19 20 34 2295
    SA 33 26 27 25111

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: T. Delk 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Stl

    San Antonio: M. Ginobili 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    San Antonio snaps three-game slide

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- For one night, the San Antonio Spurs didn't miss Tim Duncan.

    Brent Barry scored a season-high 23 points and five other San Antonio players reached double figures to help the Spurs snap a three-game losing streak with a 111-95 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

    The victory was the first for the Spurs since two-time MVP Duncan sprained his right ankle Sunday against Detroit. San Antonio also played without reserve guard Devin Brown, out with a bad back.

    Barry, playing more in Brown's absence, went 5-for-7 on 3-pointers in 32 minutes off the bench. In his last two games, Barry has made seven of his 10 3-point attempts and is averaging 20 points. His season average is 7.0 points.

    "I'm just trying to get myself back in rhythm," said Barry, who has struggled with his long-range shot all season. "I just want to take advantage of the opportunity, the playing time and just try and find my game."

    Manu Ginobili added 23 points, 17 of them in the second half. Tony Parker had 22, Robert Horry 12 and Bruce Bowen and Rasho Nesterovic 10 each for the Spurs, who improved their record without Duncan this season to 2-5.

    The Spurs used a 19-6 burst late in the first quarter to take a 33-17 lead, the last basket of the run coming when Parker hit Barry for an alley-oop dunk.

    Atlanta, which got as close as seven in the fourth, has lost 20 of its last 21 games.

    "To get down like we did is inexcusable," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson, whose team trailed by 23 in the first half. "We didn't come out ready to play, and the Spurs will come out and get after you."

    San Antonio improved its league-best home record to 32-3 and pulled within a half-game of Phoenix for the best record in the Western Conference.

    The Spurs, who shot 29 percent on 3-pointers during the three previous losses, made 12 of their 21 attempts behind the arc.

    The Hawks, down 20 at the break, shot 61 percent in the third quarter to shave the Spurs' lead to 86-73 after three.

    Atlanta scored the first six points of the fourth, capped by a layup by Boris Diaw with 8:13 remaining, to make it 86-79.

    But Ginobili put up 10 straight points for San Antonio, including a strong left-handed dunk over Tyronn Lue, and Barry connected on his fourth 3-pointer to rebuild the Spurs' advantage to 103-87 with about 3 minutes left.

    "I was mad about what was going on, that we were playing bad again" said Ginobili of his late scoring run. "I threw some power and attacked the basket really hard."

    Tony Delk led Atlanta with 24 points, Al Harrington had 20, Josh Childress 14 and Lue 11.

    Game notes


    San Antonio activated forward Linton Johnson III on Friday to take Brown's roster spot. In his first game as a Spur, Johnson went 0-for-1 shooting and had three rebounds. ... Many season ticket holders at the SBC Center gave their courtside seats and luxury suites to soldiers and Marines as part of the team's salute to the military. ... Atlanta, the NBA's worst team at 11-57, trails Miami by 41 games in the Southeast Division. ... Without Duncan's inside presence, the Hawks outscored San Antonio in the paint, 48-44. ... The Spurs are now 2-5 without Duncan this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ATL
    SA
    Points 95 111
    FGM-FGA 38-84 (.452) 38-73 (.521)
    3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 12-21 (.571)
    FTM-FTA 15-25 (.600) 23-30 (.767)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-40 4-42
    Assists 15 23
    Turnovers 11 16
    Steals 7 6
    Blocks 4 9
    Fast Break Points 15 23
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/1) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 23

    Top Performers

    Atlanta
    San Antonio
    Tony Delk Delk
    Points: 24
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Manu Ginobili Ginobili
    Points: 23
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0