A largely dreary and drizzly afternoon in the City of Atlanta spilled onto the court Friday night as a disappointing performance saw the Atlanta Hawks fall to the San Antonio Spurs 125-114 at State Farm Arena. However, the game was not as close as the score would indicate.
San Antonio outscored the Hawks 41-19 in the second quarter. Spurs never trailed, led by as many as 42, and played mostly reserves in the fourth quarter en route to their third win in their last four games.
DeMar DeRozan scored 22 of his 23 points in the first half, as the Hawks had no answers for him. DeRozan averages 20.1 points against Atlanta and scored 47 in the two meetings last season. DeRozan is averaging 20.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. He scored 30 points in back-to-back games last week against Minnesota and Houston.
Additionally, Keldon Johnson scored 20 points and Dejounte Murray chipped in with 16 points for San Antonio. Their dazzling performance in the first half came without their center LaMarcus Aldridge, who was held out with a sore hip for the fifth straight game.
The Spurs bench outscored the Hawks bench 22-2 in the first half, as the lack of production from the second unit continues to befuddle Atlanta. Notably, Danilo Gallinari scored two points in sixteen minutes of action.
Trae Young led all scorers with 25 points, however, he did not play the majority of the second half.
Kevin Huerter scored five points in 23 minutes of action. In Wednesday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Huerter scored 23 points.
However, a bright spot for Atlanta was the play of Skylar Mays. He scored 20 points in sixteen minutes and was +25 while he was on the floor. His production helped the Hawks outscore the Spurs 42-15 in the fourth quarter.
With the loss, the Hawks have now lost five of their last six, seven of their last ten games, and have fallen below the playoff line in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
There’s no time to mope for the Hawks. Saturday night, they’ll host the Indiana Pacers.