Short-handed Hawks fall to Spurs

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San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard pulls down a rebound in front of Atlanta's Josh Smith on Saturday night. The Spurs won their fourth game in a row.  JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard pulls down a rebound in front of Atlanta's Josh Smith on Saturday night. The Spurs won their fourth game in a row.

ATLANTA — Tony Parker had 23 points and 12 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 98-93 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each had 14 for the Spurs.

The Hawks announced about 90 minutes before the game that guard Lou Williams faces season-ending surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee. Williams was hurt Friday at Brooklyn and the tear was found when Williams was examined on Saturday by Dr. Michael Bernot in Atlanta.

Then the Hawks lost guard Devin Harris to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter.

Josh Smith led the Hawks with 21 points. Kyle Korver, who started at shooting guard, had 19 points.

The Spurs led by 12 in the first half but Atlanta kept the game close in the final two periods. A basket by John Jenkins tied the game at 72-all early in the final period, but Bonner’s basket gave San Antonio the lead for good.

Hawks coach Larry Drew called Williams’ injury “devastating.” Williams was third on the team with his average of 14.1 points.

Korver started instead of Harris because Drew said he wasn’t comfortable having both his healthy point guards – Harris and Teague – in the lineup.

Harris was helped off the court and immediately taken to the locker room early in the third period after he turned his left ankle.

The Hawks listed Harris as questionable to return, but he didn’t make it back to the bench after having the ankle taped.

KINGS 97, BOBCATS 93

In Charlotte, N.C., Marcus Thornton scored 18 points off the bench, Tyreke Evans came up big down the stretch, and Sacramento held on to beat the Bobcats for its third win in four games.

After scoring only 69 points in a
16-point loss to Memphis a night earlier, the Kings made sure there would be not be another offensive letdown.

They led most of the way but needed a late burst from Evans, who scored six of the team’s last nine points in the final four minutes.

Evans finished with 16 points. DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings.

TIMBERWOLVES 92, ROCKETS 79

In Minneapolis, Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale signed 10-day contracts with Minnesota on Saturday morning, then scored the first 23 points of the fourth quarter to lift the Timberwolves to over slumping Houston.

Johnson, signed from Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League, scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth. Gelabale, a forward who arrived from France on Thursday, had 10 of his 11 points in the final 12 minutes to help the injury-plagued Timberwolves snap a five-game skid.

James Harden scored 18 points on 5 of 18 shooting for the Rockets, who have lost seven consecutive games.

WARRIORS 116, HORNETS 112

In New Orleans, Klay Thompson scored 29 points and former Georgia Tech standout Jarrett Jack had 25 points and 12 assists to lead Golden State past the Hornets.

Stephen Curry added 20 points for the Warriors.

Eric Gordon scored 23 points and Anthony Davis had 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for New Orleans.


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