The San Antonio Spurs improved to 2-1 in the NBA Summer League 2013 with their 96-87 win over the Atlanta Hawks (1-2) on Tuesday evening at UNLV's COX Pavilion. San Antonio took control of the contest near the midpoint of the second quarter and slowly distanced itself from Atlanta the remainder of the game.
San Antonio was paced by 17-point efforts from both Aron Baynes and Nando De Colo. Baynes went 8-for-15 from the field and an astonishing 9-for-12 from the free throw line. De Colo knocked down 7-of-8 field-goal attempts, which included a perfect 2-for-2 showing from behind the arc.
Deshaun Thomas and Marcus Denmon added 12 points apiece for the Spurs.
Atlanta opened up the affair with a brief 4-0 lead before San Antonio fought back to pull ahead by one off five straight points. The Hawks countered with a basket to reclaim the second and final lead change in the opening stanza. They even went ahead by as much as seven points just 4:36 into the game.
After trailing by five after 10 minutes of action, the Spurs turned things around by outscoring the Hawks by six -- 12-6 -- en route to claiming the seventh and final lead change of the game. In fact, the Spurs outscored Atlanta 16-6 to push out to a five-point lead -- 36-31 -- with 4:16 remaining before halftime.
San Antonio combined to score 40 points through the opening 20 minutes, but nearly reached that output in the third quarter alone with 33 points. Five different players scored at least four points for the Spurs with Baynes pouring in a team-high nine in the frame. Both Thomas and Denmon had five scores.
Despite falling behind by 12 points on three different occasions, the Hawks were led by 10 third-quarter points from Mike Scott, who ended the night with a game-high 27 off a 13-for-13 night from the charity stripe and seven made field goals.
The Spurs lead ballooned to as much as 13 early in the fourth, but it was cut down to four with just under two minutes left in regulation. They turned things around in the waning moments and outscored the Hawks 7-2 down the stretch.
Atlanta had two others notch double figures in the contest with John Jenkins and Jared Cunningham scoring 15 and 12, respectively.
Both squads have completed their allotted three games and will wait until Tuesday's games are concluded to learn their placement in the inaugural NBA Summer League 2013 Tournament, which begins on Wednesday.