Friday , Nov , 21 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Duncan and Spurs welcome Hawks

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs try to rebound from
a loss when they host Jason Terry and the lowly Atlanta Hawks tonight at SBC
Arena.

The Spurs were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks, 95-92, at American Airlines
Center on Thursday.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 30 points and 17 rebounds. Rasho Nesterovic
chipped in 18 points for San Antonio, which lost for just the second time in
six games.

Dallas came out in the second half and increased the tempo of the contest,
running up and down the floor during a 7-0 burst. Michael Finley’s 12-foot
jumper two minutes into the third quarter finished off the spurt and put the
Mavericks ahead 55-49.

After Duncan momentarily thwarted the Dallas run with a bucket, Steve Nash
came down court and nailed a three-pointer before Finley hit another short
jumper to make it a nine-point game at 60-51.

The Mavericks outscored the Spurs 27-17 and did not turn the ball over in the
stanza. San Antonio, meanwhile, committed five turnovers and hit just six of
17 shots, heading into the final quarter trailing 73-64.

Seven straight points to start the fourth quarter helped Dallas blow open the
contest. A jumper by Travis Best finished the spurt and gave the Mavericks a
16-point cushion.

San Antonio chipped at the deficit and closed within four on Devin Brown’s
three-pointer from the corner with 49.7 seconds left to play. Following a
three-point miss by the Mavericks, Duncan drove the lane for a dunk to make it
92-90.

Nash then made two from the free throw line to make it a four-point edge with
16 seconds remaining. San Antonio missed a three-point attempt on its next
possession and Nash made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to put the game out of
reach. Manu Ginobili did hit a jumper at the buzzer to create the final
margin.

The Spurs are 5-2 at home.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored a game-high 27 points with 11 rebounds to lead the
Hawks to a 101-93 victory over Milwaukee at the Bradley Center on Tuesday.

Terry added 19 points and six assists for the Hawks, who snapped a nine- game
losing streak in Milwaukee.

The Hawks are 3-5 as the visitor this season.

In 2002-03, the teams split two contests as each club won on its homecourt.

Overall, The Spurs have won eight of the last nine meetings between the two
squads. Atlanta has lost five in a row and eight of its last nine in San
Antonio.

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