The Spurs are one of the best defensive teams in the league and the Hawks found out quickly just how good they are. San Antonio opened the game with a 14-5 run before the Hawks had a chance to regroup. Atlanta began to chip away and closed the quarter with an 11-4 run to take a 25-23 lead after one.
It was all downhill from there as the Spurs flexed their defensive muscles in the second quarter and held the Hawks to season-low 12 points. Atlanta made just 5 of 18 attempts and were 1 of 8 from three-point range in the period. The Spurs used an 18-2 run to push the lead to 43-32 with just over six minutes remaining. Kawhi Leonard scored 11 straight points to end the half as San Antonio took a 54-37 lead into the break.
The second half didn't get any better for Atlanta as San Antonio continued to pour it on. The Spurs pushed the lead to as many as 30 points in the second half and Mike Budenholzer pulled the majority of his starters late in the third quarter with the game out of reach.
Kent Bazemore led Atlanta with 11 points off the bench while Al Horford added 10. Paul Millsap failed to reach double figures for the first time this season as he finished with eight. The Hawks shot 43 percent from the field but were just 6 for 26 from three-point range to go along with 18 turnovers. Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio with 22 points while Tim Duncan added 10 points and a game-high 18 rebounds.
Atlanta is back at it on Monday when they open a three-game home stand against the Oklahoma City Thunder.