Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Parker, Spurs topple hobbled Hawks


ATLANTA — Tony Parker had 23 points and 12 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the short-handed Hawks 98-93 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Former Florida star Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each had 14 for San Antonio.

The Hawks announced about 90 minutes before the game that guard Lou Williams faces season-ending surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee. Williams was hurt Friday at Brooklyn, and the tear was found when Williams was examined on Saturday by Dr. Michael Bernot in Atlanta.

Williams, in his first season in Atlanta, is averaging 14.1 points.

Then the Hawks lost guard Devin Harris to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter.

Josh Smith led the Hawks with 21 points. Kyle Korver, who started at shooting guard, had 19 points.

Spurs forward Tim Duncan was not in uniform as he was given the night off by coach Gregg Popovich.

The Spurs led by 12 in the first half, but Atlanta kept the score close in the final two quarters. A basket by Hawks rookie John Jenkins tied it at 72 early in the fourth quarter, but Bonner's basket gave San Antonio the lead for good.

Jenkins made two free throws with 22 seconds remaining to cut the Spurs' lead to 94-91, but San Antonio beat the Hawks' full-court press for an easy basket by Splitter.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Marcus Thornton had 18 points off the bench, Tyreke Evans came up big down the stretch and the Kings held on to beat the host Bobcats 97-93 for their third win in four games. Sacramento led most of the way but needed a late burst from Evans, who scored six of the team's last nine in the final four minutes.

MARION FINED: The league fined Mavericks forward Shawn Marion $25,000 for publicly criticizing officiating. Marion was quoted after the Mavericks' 117-114 overtime loss to Oklahoma City on Friday as saying that "it's hard to beat anybody when you're playing five on eight."

Late Friday: Durant's night carries Thunder

DALLAS — Kevin Durant's miserable fourth quarter ended with a final miss that gave Dallas a chance to finish a rally in overtime late Friday.

The Oklahoma City star took care of things in the extra period instead, and he ended up with a career high and the league's first 50-point game this season.

Durant had 52 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16.9 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Thunder held on for a 117-114 victory that extended their winning streak to six games and ended Dallas' season-best run of four.

A night after getting voted a starter for the All-Star Game, Durant missed six straight shots and was 2-of-11 from the field while the Mavericks were rallying in the fourth quarter.

When Durant missed at the buzzer after O.J. Mayo's tying 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in regulation, he had to remind himself to keep shooting.

"In overtime, I knew if I got down on myself that I was going to put my team in a tough position to win," said Durant, whose career high was 51 against Denver last February. "They look at me in crunch time to come through for them. When I don't have confidence in myself, they make sure they pump me up a little."

Durant was still scoring because he couldn't miss at the free-throw line. He was 19-of-19 in regulation, which he finished with 43 points.

Vince Carter, who kept the Mavericks close when Oklahoma City threatened to blow them out in the first half, had a season-high 29 points.

Durant went on to score nine of Oklahoma City's 12 points in overtime and had three go-ahead baskets. The Thunder blew a 14-point lead in the second half.

Spurs 98, Hawks 93

SAN ANTONIO (98): Leonard 4-8 4-4 14, Diaw 4-7 0-0 9, Splitter 7-11 0-0 14, Parker 10-22 3-5 23, Green 3-9 0-0 7, Blair 3-7 1-2 7, Jackson 0-3 0-0 0, Neal 2-9 0-0 4, De Colo 1-2 0-0 3, Bonner 7-8 0-0 17. Totals 41-86 8-11 98.

ATLANTA (93): Smith 8-15 5-8 21, Horford 4-11 1-2 9, Pachulia 2-4 0-0 4, Teague 6-16 4-4 16, Korver 7-12 0-0 19, Johnson 1-3 0-0 2, Harris 4-8 3-6 13, Jenkins 3-12 2-2 9, Scott 0-2 0-0 0, Tolliver 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-85 15-22 93.

San Antonio 25 27 20 26— 98

Atlanta 16 26 28 23— 93

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 8-24 (Bonner 3-3, Leonard 2-5, De Colo 1-1, Diaw 1-4, Green 1-4, Parker 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Neal 0-4), Atlanta 8-21 (Korver 5-8, Harris 2-3, Jenkins 1-6, Smith 0-1, Teague 0-3). ReboundsSan Antonio 46 (Blair, Splitter 7), Atlanta 59 (Horford 15). AssistsSan Antonio 21 (Parker 12), Atlanta 20 (Teague 8). Total FoulsSan Antonio 15, Atlanta 14. A18,255 (18,729).

Kings 97, Bobcats 93

SACRAMENTO (97): Salmons 2-4 0-0 4, Thompson 5-6 1-2 11, Cousins 8-19 1-2 17, I.Thomas 4-11 7-8 15, Evans 6-10 4-4 16, Thornton 6-11 2-2 18, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 4-8 1-1 9, Brooks 0-4 2-2 2, Hayes 0-3 0-0 0, Garcia 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 37-81 18-21 97.

CHARLOTTE (93): Kidd-Gilchrist 1-4 2-4 4, Warrick 3-7 6-8 12, Biyombo 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 6-17 1-1 14, Henderson 7-15 1-2 15, Haywood 3-5 3-5 9, Gordon 4-10 1-2 12, Sessions 5-10 5-7 16, Adrien 2-3 5-7 9, Taylor 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 31-72 26-38 93.

Sacramento 25 26 27 19— 97

Charlotte 20 26 30 17— 93

3-Point GoalsSacramento 5-18 (Thornton 4-7, Garcia 1-2, Evans 0-1, Salmons 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Brooks 0-2, I.Thomas 0-4), Charlotte 5-15 (Gordon 3-4, Sessions 1-1, Walker 1-7, Taylor 0-1, Henderson 0-2). ReboundsSacramento 46 (Cousins 10), Charlotte 54 (Haywood 7). AssistsSacramento 24 (I.Thomas 7), Charlotte 20 (Walker 10). Total FoulsSacramento 27, Charlotte 18. A17,012 (19,077).

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