Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Tuesday, November 15th
Game 2: Saturday, December 10th

Hawks 79

(0-7, 0-4 away)

Spurs 103

(6-2, 3-0 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, November 15, 2005

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 31 21 15 1279
    SA 18 34 24 27103

    Top Performers

    Atl: A. Harrington 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast

    SA: M. Ginobili 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

    Ginobili, Duncan pace Spurs past inept Hawks

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs never got rattled, even when they fell behind by 13 points after the first quarter.

    Tim Duncan had 23 points and seven rebounds to lead San Antonio to a 103-79 victory over the winless Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

    "The team kept their composure well when we were down," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They didn't try to come back quickly 1-on-1. They did it as a team."

    Duncan bounced back from a sluggish performance in a loss to Washington on Saturday, when he shot 3-for-18 from the field and scored only 11 points.

    Manu Ginobili had 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting for the Spurs, who have beaten the Hawks eight straight times at home and 11 of 12 overall. Tony Parker finished with 18 points.

    "The first quarter was really bad for us tonight," Ginobili said. "We played better and more aggressively as the game went on."

    Al Harrington led the Hawks with a season-high 23 points and nine rebounds. He scored Atlanta's first 14 points and shot 10-for-15 in the first quarter to help the Hawks build a 31-18 lead. The Spurs struggled to find the basket and turned the ball over five times in the first.

    Harrington struggled in the second and San Antonio rallied to tie the score 52-all at halftime. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili combined to score 30 points, and Harrington missed both of his shots in the quarter.

    "I heard Pop say he was tired of that guy getting off, and it was really tough to get anything 1-on-1 after that," Harrington said. "They made some good adjustments and really took me out of my game."

    Parker and Bruce Bowen combined to limit Atlanta guard Joe Johnson to 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting, far below his 19.5 average.

    "That's why they're the champs," Johnson said. "They fought hard. Pop made some adjustments that really slowed us down, and we never got back in rhythm."

    The Hawks, who lost to Memphis on a last-second putback Saturday, dropped their seventh straight. Yet coach Mike Woodson believes the team's first victory is close at hand.

    "Sometimes it's like we are our own worst enemy," he said. "We have stretches where we don't shoot. We don't defend," he said. "When San Antonio turned up their defense, we needed to turn up ours. If we play the way I know we can play for 48 minutes, then we can compete."

    Game notes

    Atlanta's Tony Delk and the Spurs' Brent Barry (low back sprain) and Michael Finley (left groin tightness) were on the inactive list. ... Atlanta leads the all-time series with San Antonio 34-33. ... The Hawks have used four different starting lineups in the first seven games of the season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 103
    FGM-FGA 30-73 (.411) 44-84 (.524)
    3PM-3PA 3-6 (.500) 3-9 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 16-24 (.667) 12-19 (.632)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-39 16-40
    Assists 8 22
    Turnovers 19 11
    Steals 3 11
    Blocks 8 6
    Fast Break Points 6 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 15 24

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Al Harrington Harrington
    Points: 23
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Manu Ginobili Ginobili
    Points: 24
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 1