Hawks start road swing in San Antonio
(Sports Network) – The winless Atlanta Hawks begin a three-game road trip, as
they visit the world champion San Antonio Spurs tonight at the SBC Center.
The Hawks have lost seven straight and 10 of their last 11 at San Antonio. The
last time Atlanta defeated the Spurs on the road was on February 15, 1997.
San Antonio has won 11 of 13 and 14 of the last 19 contests in this series.
The Spurs return home after going 3-2 on a five-game homestand. On Saturday,
Gilbert Arenas scored 43 points, just one off his career-high, as the
Washington Wizards validated their early season success with a 110-95 victory
over San Antonio at the MCI Center.
Tim Duncan was held to 11 points on 3-of-18 shooting, and the two-time MVP
missed several point-blank opportunities as the game slipped away in the
second half. Duncan did grab 14 rebounds in the loss, while Nick Van Exel
scored 13 points and Bruce Bowen netted 12 for the Spurs
San Antonio is 2-0 at home this season. The Spurs are also scheduled to host
Houston and Phoenix.
The Hawks begin a three-game road trip tonight. They finished 0-3 on a three-
game homestand. On Saturday, Pau Gasol collected an offensive rebound and
scored the game-winning basket with a layup just before the final horn
sounded, as the Memphis Grizzlies edged the Hawks, 85-84, at Philips Arena.
Joe Johnson had 17 points and a game-high 12 assists in the loss to Memphis,
while Josh Smith went for 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who is off
to their worst start since 2000-01 when the Hawks began the season with seven
Atlanta will also visit Dallas and New Orleans/Oklahoma City on its current