Splitter, Leonard lead San Antonio's rout of Hawks

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By GEORGE HENRY

ATLANTA (AP) - Tiago Splitter scored a season-high 23 points, Kawhi Leonard added 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their third straight game with an easy 114-95 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Hawks.

Paul Millsap finished with 22 points and Dennis Schroder had 18 points for Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta, which dropped its third in a row.

Boris Diaw scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Danny Green added 15 for San Antonio, which never trailed and took its biggest lead at 26 early in the third.

The Spurs, playing their fourth straight game with key reserve Manu Ginobili nursing a sprained right ankle, contested nearly every Hawks shot and pass, but no Atlanta player looked more flustered than 12th-year guard Kyle Korver.

Wearing protective gear on his face to cover up a broken nose, Korver returned after a three-game absence and committed five turnovers to match a season high. His errant pass to begin the third resulted in a steal and layup by Tim Duncan that made it 61-41.

Duncan finished with 12 points. Marco Belinelli scored all 13 of his points in the second and hit all three of his 3-point attempts.

San Antonio improved to 10-2 since snapping a four-game losing streak on March 4.

Leonard made some smooth moves in the first, using a running one-hander in the lane to make it 24-6 and a long jumper from the right corner to put the Spurs up 20 on their next possession.

Late in the second, Leonard stole the ball from Jeff Teague and banked in a 10-footer to put San Antonio up 57-37.

Longtime NBA referee Joey Crawford ejected Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer with 9:07 left in the third and San Antonio leading 68-43.

Budenholzer, teed up a minute earlier by referee David Guthrie, was frustrated by the Spurs getting called for only five fouls when Crawford yelled, "Mike, get out!" Atlanta had 11 fouls at the time. San Antonio began the game 10 for 11 on free throws before Atlanta took its first foul shot.

Crawford jawed with a male fan between the third and fourth quarters, the fan yelling, "Why don't you watch the replay?" Crawford yelled back, "Why don't you watch what you're looking at?"

After blowing a 13-point advantage in the third quarter last week to lose in overtime at New York, the Spurs never let up on Atlanta and frustrated the Hawks into 18 turnovers.

San Antonio was up 26 after Green hit a free throw following Budenholzer's second technical foul, and the Spurs never let the Hawks cut the lead to single digits.

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