The Spurs had a tough contest hosting the Hawks at the AT&T Center but Timmy-D nailed a game winner in the final seconds to lift the team to a 102-100 win over Atlanta. San Antonio wasn’t at their best offensively and they faced tougher opposition than expected in a Hawks team that managed to keep the score close throughout the whole game but the individual quality of the Spurs ended up being the difference maker tonight.
Tim Duncan not only gave the Spurs the win with a spectacular 17-footer. His 23-point, 21-rebound performance transformed him in the oldest player (37 years, 221 days old) in the NBA to record a 20-20 performance. It’s surely a nice accolade for one of the best forwards in the game and he was able to show he’s still able to produce right when his team needs him the most.
The Spurs were able to hustle in the paint and that gave them benefits down the stretch. San Antonio had more blocks, out-rebounded the Hawks and also had more assists than their rival. Their shooting didn’t work as expected (only .333 percent from beyond the arc) but Duncan’s stellar outing led the Spurs as they got back to winning ways in front of their fans.
Much has been talked about an early-season slump of Duncan but he surely proved critics wrong with today’s performance. He turned back the clock a few years with his outing today and the Spurs fans will surely welcome more performances like this as ‘Mr. Fundamental’ will look to get his fifth ring at the end of the year.