With Tim Duncan given a night off and Manu Ginobili still out with a hamstring injury, Tony Parker took the lead for the San Antonio Spurs. Parker had 23 points and 12 assists, and the Spurs held off the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 98-93 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. "Tony is just incredible," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "What competitiveness. What a will to win. What a will to carry the team. He's really fun to watch at both ends of the court. And he's been doing that all year." The Spurs snapped a streak of three straight road losses with their first win away from San Antonio since Jan. 2. Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each had 14 for the Spurs. Parker had 10 points in the final period as the Spurs held off the Hawks' comeback. He was effective with his drives and when setting up Splitter on pick-and-roll plays. "In the fourth quarter I was trying to be aggressive and take more shots and at the same time still find Tiago on the roll," Parker said. "It worked out pretty well tonight. "That's what I do best. I go to the paint and try to create, and if I feel comfortable when I go to the basket, I always feel like I can get a shot up. I've been doing that my whole life." The Hawks began the game with a new depth problem in their backcourt. The problem reached crisis level in the second half.
Parker has double-double as Spurs hold off Hawks
TSN | Jan 20