Hawks-Spurs: Joe Johnson's 31 Points Not Enough Against San Antonio

Dylan MartinContributor IIIJanuary 28, 2010

SAN ANTONIO - JANUARY 22:  Guard Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on January 22, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Atlanta came into San Antonio on a three game win streak and as one of the hottest teams in the league. Meanwhile, the Spurs entered the game on a three game losing streak. The Spurs have not been as hyped up as the Hawks and some were even saying that the Spurs are getting too old and can't compete with the best.

The Spurs aren't listening to the critics, as they blew out the Lakers on Jan. 12 and last night they blew out another "elite team" as well/

The first quarter was bad for the Hawks, as they were pounded and trounced throughout the opening quarter. Around the 5:50 mark the Spurs went on a big 20-9 run, making the Hawks look like the Hawks of old.

The second quarter was not as bad as the first, but it was another blow out. However, the Hawks were able to prevent the Spurs from going on a huge run like they did earlier.

Atlanta made a run in the third quarter, as they were able to narrow the deficit to 12. The Hawks won fourth quarter as well, cutting the lead to nine at one point in the final quarter. However, the Spurs played great and despite cutting into the lead, the Hawks never really had a chance to get back into the contest.

San Antonio point guard Tony Parker only was able to net 10 points, but Duncan, Hill, and McDyess helped out the Spurs scoring 21, 16, and 17 points respectively. Joe Johnson had 31 points in the game for Atlanta and Jamal Crawford finished with 25. Josh Smith struggled throughout and finished with only 14, while Williams had 10, Horford had four, and Bibby was held scoreless.