San Antonio-Atlanta: Spurs’ Defense Comes Up Big Again

Dan SiegelSenior Analyst IFebruary 26, 2008

Despite a dismal five-point first quarter, the San Antonio Spurs were easily able to rout the Atlanta Hawks with a final score of 89-74.

Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs, scoring 23 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, blocking three shots, and garnering two steals.

Perhaps most encouraging for San Antonio was the return of Tony Parker to the starting line-up, notching 15 points and making nine assists in a little over 28 minutes on the floor.

Newcomer Kurt Thomas saw some limited action off the bench and grabbed an impressive nine rebounds—three of them offensive—in only a little over thirteen minutes of playing time.

Guard Joe Johnson led the way for Atlanta with 17 points.

With Tony Parker back in the lineup, Manu Ginobili was quieter than usual, only scoring thirteen points. Ginobili had plenty of reason to smile, however, as he was named Western Conference player of the week after leading the Spurs to their prior three victories with a 30.7 PPG scoring average.