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Spurs top Hawks for fourth straight victory

6:21 PM, Jan 20, 2013   |    comments
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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Tony Parker racked up 23 points and 12 assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 98-93 victory over the struggling Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

Behind Parker's efforts and a big night from Matt Bonner off the bench, the Spurs halted a three-game road losing streak and prevailed without the services of Tim Duncan. The veteran forward was rested for the game with San Antonio playing for the second time in two nights.

Bonner helped offset Duncan's absence by hitting 7-of-8 shots -- including 3- of-3 from 3-point range -- en route to a season-best 17 points. Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter added 14 points each in the Spurs' fourth straight win overall.

Josh Smith finished with 21 points and Kyle Korver had 19 for the Hawks, who were dealt an eighth defeat in their last 10 outings and received some additional bad news earlier in the day.

Lou Williams, Atlanta's third-leading scorer this season at 14.1 points per game, was diagnosed with a torn right ACL prior to the contest and will miss the remainder of the campaign. He sustained the injury during Friday's 94-89 loss at Brooklyn.

Al Horford pulled down 15 rebounds in a losing cause for Atlanta, with Jeff Teague compiling 16 points and eight assists.

 

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