Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Spurs - March 21, 2010

Atlanta 119, San Antonio 114 (OT) | March 21, 2010 | Philips Arena
  • The Hawks clinched a Playoff berth for the 3rd straight year with a 119-114 OT win over the Spurs on Sunday night, before a sellout crowd of 18,729 at Philips Arena.
  • The Spurs led 105-101 with just over a minute remaining...Joe Johnson hit a short running jumper to cut it to 2...On the ensuing possession Al Horford made a steal and then tipped in a Jamal Crawford miss to knot the score and send it to the extra session.
  • With score tied at 111 in OT, the Hawks reeled off 6 straight points to put the game away.
  • Marvin Williams led the way with 26 points and 9 rebounds...Al Horford went for 22 points and 18 boards and Joe Johnson had 20 points and season-high 13 assists...Jamal Crawford added 19 points and Josh Smith chipped in 13.
  • The Spurs started hot, going on an early 15-2 run and leading by as many as 14, before settling for a 33-22 advantage after 12 minutes...They shot 71.4% from the floor for the period, while Atlanta connected on 38.5%.
  • The Hawks turned the tables in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Spurs 31-18 for a 53-51 lead at the break...Williams led Atlanta with 18 points (8-10 FGs, 1-1 3FGs, 1-1 FTs), including a steal and buzzer beating jumper to give Atlanta the lead...Manu Ginobili put in 18 for San Antonio.
  • Ginobili finished with a game-high 38 points for San Antonio and Tim Duncan had 29 points and 13 boards.
  • The win is Atlanta's 2nd straight and 6th in a row at Philips Arena...It tied the largest deficit the Hawks have overcome this season (14 points) to record a win.
  • The Hawks are back in action on Monday in Milwaukee at 8pm (SPSO HD and 790 The Zone).

Marvin Williams



Honorable Mentions:
Al Horford - 22 points, 18 rebounds

- Well, with four overtime games in the last seven home games the Hawks are helping the Highlight Factory live up to its name. This one followed a little different script as Al Horford decided to steal the spotlight. >Read more about Al's big night on the blog

- Atlanta won despite the fact that their top-3 scorers shot just 35% from the field (20-of-57). Johnson, Crawford and Smith each had extended cold spells during the contest.

- Atlanta finished the game with ZERO BLOCKED SHOTS for the first time this season. Their previous low was 2. Watching the Spurs play it is easy to understand how this could happen. Manu Ginobili is one of the best in the league at using his body to shield off defenders and Tim Duncan hits his 8-foot bank shots when most post players would take an extra dribble for a contested shot at the rim.

- Marvin Williams' big first half should not be lost due to the dramatic finish. Marvin scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and capped the half by stealing a pass with three seconds remaining and beating the buzzer with a 20-footer. His shot gave the Hawks their first lead since the game's opening minutes.

- The halftime lead defied the statistics as the Spurs outshot Atlanta 58% to 46%. San Antonio shot 71% in the first quarter to rush out to the 33-22 lead. The Hawks used a 17-5 run in the second period to pull back even.

- Jamal Crawford had a quiet first half before busting out in the third quarter with 10 of his 19 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field.


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