While it must be said that neither the Atlanta Hawks nor the San Antonio Spurs are very good this year, with both teams highly unlikely to make the playoffs, it still doesn’t mean they couldn’t have a crazy, extremely entertaining game. That’s what occurred in Texas on Friday night as the Spurs built up a 14-point gap late in the fourth quarter only to fall to the Hawks.
The Hawks, of course keyed by Trae Young, who put up 31 points in total, continually crept back into the game and had a shot at it with under a minute to go. Young made a behind-the-back-pass to get out of trouble at one stage that led to a basket, and then unlikely hero Kevin Huerter nailed a three to put Atlanta into the lead at 121-120. That score would hold, seeing the Spurs drop to 17-23 and even further off the pace out West. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs in scoring with 30 in the defeat to the young upstart strugglers.