Led by 14 points in the last quarter, the Hawks ended up overthrowing San Antonio (121-120) and ended a long period of scarcity in Texas. The Thunder also fell at home against Miami (115-108).
The last time Atlanta won in San Antonio, Trae Young, Cam Reddish or Kevin Huerter – six Hawks players, in all! – were not born. It was February 15, 1997. Since then, the Atlanta franchise had always broken its teeth while travelling in Texas, the fault of the incredible longevity of the Spurs who have not stopped, for more than two decades, to occupy the leading roles in the West. “It’s amazing how difficult it is to win here,” said Vince Carter (42), who knows a little bit about it. But our team is so young that they had no idea. It was an advantage. ”
“We didn’t do anything in the first half: people should have left the room and asked to be reimbursed at the break”
Gregg Popovich, Spurs coach
Largely dominant in the third quarter (41-21), the Spurs nevertheless led fourteen lengths (107-93) at the start of the last period, facing one of the worst results of the Eastern Conference. But it was not enough. Young scored 12 of his 31 points in the final quarter, Huerter (18 points) propelled his own at the head of a three-point shoot in the corner six seconds from the buzzer, DeMar DeRozan missed his buzzer shot near the basket, hampered by three defenders. “We can only blame us,” regretted the latter. We gave this match. ”
Gregg Popovich, is of the same opinion, even if he believes that it was at the start of the match that his team failed. “We dropped our whole game plan, we didn’t give anything away in the first half: people should have left the room and asked to be reimbursed at the break,” hissed the Spurs coach. Then we were more competitive, but we have to be more regular, more solid throughout the match. We have made far too many mistakes. San Antonio, who welcomes Miami this Sunday, is losing ground on the Top 8 in the West.
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