– Well, what can you say about that? The Spurs were desperate after three straight home losses for the first time in forever, and so they took the Hawks to the woodshed for 30 minutes. “They were very hungry for a win and you felt that vibe from the start of the game,” Jamal Crawford said.
– Still, it was shocking to see the Hawks so slow-footed and overwhelmed in what’s supposed to be their kind of game. “We love that kind of tempo, but I guess we weren’t ready to play,” Smoove said.
– “We just didn’t come out and match their intensity,” J.J. said. “They were more hungry.”
– The Hawks trailed by 15 after one quarter and lost by 15. They played the Spurs even for three quarters but, other than that rally early in the fourth quarter, it sure didn’t feel like it.
– The Spurs scored 16 of their 36 first-quarter points at the rim and had 18 fastbreak points. “We gave up so many layups to start the game it was like a track meet,” Woody said. “We are supposed to be the team to get up and down the court and get layups. (Tony) Parker really pushed the tempo.”
– The Spurs tied their season-high for points in a half with 66, and the Hawks tied their season-high for points allowed in a half. “I put it on myself, part of it” Al Horford said. “I didn’t come out aggressive enough.”
– Tim Duncan had a career-high 27 rebounds. “He had a man’s game,” Woody said.
– Horford, meanwhile, made strong moves to get clean looks at the basket but couldn’t put the ball in the hole. He was 2-for-10 from the field. “I haven’t had a night like that this year. Unfortunately, I had it tonight.”
– Mike Bibby was even worse. He missed all seven of his shots. It got to the point where the Spurs pretty much let him launch while they worried about others.
– Parker went down with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter. Horford was defending on the play. “It was really weird. I jumped and he seemed to hit my leg. I didn’t think nothing of it until someone else (Ian Mahinimi) shot his free throws. I hope he’s OK.”
– Parker never returned, and the Spurs lost some of their mojo. Crawford helped the Hawks rally to within 89-80 early in the fourth.
– Then the Hawks had six misses and two turnovers over their next eight possessions, and the Spurs’ lead grew to 95-80. That was pretty much it for the Hawks. “We really could have made a couple plays there to turn it around,” Horford said. “We didn’t and you have to give them credit.”
— “It was an uphill battle, and once we did cut it to single digits, I think we kind of tried to force it too much,” J.J. said.
– The Hawks lost their 12th straight at San Antonio, where they haven’t won since Feb. 15, 1997. They also couldn’t complete their first road sweep of the three Texas teams since 1990-91.
– Woody already was ready to write this one off after the Hawks won at Houston on Monday night. “We finished .500 on the road trip, 1-1, and I’ll take that all day long.”
– The Celtics are next on Friday. They’ve got Kevin Garnett back from injury and they really aren’t trying to get swept by the Hawks. “It’s not going to be easy,” J.J. said. “I think we know that.”
– I’m out, Hawks fans.