San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Manu Ginobili scored seven of his 12
points from the free throw line, including two in the closing seconds that
proved to be the difference in the San Antonio Spurs’ 94-92 win over the
Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
San Antonio continued its dominance over Atlanta, winning its 17th straight at
home and 16th out of the last 17 overall against the Eastern Conference foe.
Al Horford made a jumper at 1:16 of the fourth to give the Hawks a 90-88 lead.
However, Ginobili made three free throws after he was fouled by Kyle Korver
while shooting a 3-pointer to push San Antonio ahead by one.
Following an empty possession from each team, Tim Duncan came up with a block
of Korver with 24.9 seconds left. Duncan was then fouled off an inbounds pass,
but split the pair at the line.
Jeff Teague raced down the court and converted a running bank shot to tie the
score at 92-92 with 13.6 seconds remaining.
Ginobili brought the ball up court, drove the lane and kicked out to the
corner, but he was fouled on the drive with 3.8 seconds showing and calmly hit
both free throws to account for the final margin.
Boris Diaw blocked Pero Antic’s last second heave from just inside halfcourt
as the Spurs held on.