The Atlanta Hawks erased a double figure deficit with a big fourth quarter run but Aron Baynes' lay in with just three seconds remaining preserved a 106-104 win for the San Antonio Spurs.
Both teams started the game sluggishly before slowly heating up. The Spurs took a 44-41 lead into halftime and took control of the game in the third quarter with a 15-2 run to take a 82-67 lead into the fourth. Mike Budenholzer elected to send his starters back out for the fourth and a 12-0 run by the Hawks got them back in the game against the San Antonio reserves. Jeff Teague's three pointer with 1:04 remaining tied the score at 104-104. DeMarre Carroll missed a go-ahead attempt and the Spurs took the lead for good with Patty Mills found Baynes for the game winner with just three seconds remaining.
Kyle Korver led the way for the Hawks finishing with 26 points on 10-15 shooting including 5-8 from three-point range. Teague finished with 15 points and 12 assists while Carroll added 14 points and seven rebounds. Al Horford and Paul Millsap each logged double-doubles while Mike Scott and Jared Cunningham scored 11 points each off the bench.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 17 points while Tim Duncan pitched in 16 and eight rebounds. Marco Belinelli finished with 13 while Baynes, Mills and Manu Ginobli finished with 11 each.
As Budenholzer indicated before the game, the Hawks shortened the rotation somewhat by playing just 10 players. Royal Ivey, Pero Antic, Eric Dawson and the newly signed Cartier Martin were all DNP-Coaches Decision.
The Hawks are back in action on Sunday at Philips Arena when they host the Memphis Grizzlies.