The Atlanta Hawks beat the road warriors San Antonio Spurs, 114-112 in overtime on Sunday thanks to Tim Hardaway Jr., who hit a three-pointer to send the game into extra period with 3.3 seconds left in regulation.
The Spurs are one of the most dangerous teams on the road and dropped just their third game away from home this season.
But Hardaway, who finished with 29 points off the bench, hit the clutch three-pointer at home to help the Hawks win their third straight game after an inconsistent stretch last week.
Hardaway saves Hawks in regulation; Atlanta keeps poise in OT
Hardaway shot a very efficient 11-of-13 from the field giving the much-needed help to Hawks star Paul Millsap, who had 32 points and 13 rebounds.
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The Spurs had the 98-93 lead with over two minutes to go in the game and were poised to stretch their own winning streak to five. But a lay-up from Dennis Schroder (16 points and 10 assists) and another lay-in from Millsap off a Schroder assist made it 98-97 for the Spurs.
Kawhi Leonard, who struggled from the field at 3-of-12 shooting, made two free throws to give the Spurs the 100-97 lead with 10 seconds to go in the game.
Then, Tim Hardaway Jr. hit the three-pointer to tie the game and send it to overtime. Leonard had a chance to win it for the Spurs in regulation but his shot rimmed out.
In the extra period, it was the Spurs’ turn to make a comeback. After a Schroder jumper with 1:39 to go that gave the Hawks a 112-106 lead, the Spurs made a run and tied with 34 seconds to go.
Spurs’ comeback attempt falls short in OT
Two Hawks’ split their free throws to give the Hawks the slim 114-112 lead and gave the Spurs a chance to send the game to a second OT or win the game. But Leonard’s shot at the end was off and gave the win to the Hawks, previous winners over the Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Tony Parker added 22 points, the veteran’s highest scoring output this season.
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Watch the full game highlights from the Spurs vs. Hawks match-up on Sunday:
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The Hawks will try to stretch their winning streak to four in their next game when they face the Orlando Magic on the road. The Spurs will try to bounce back against one of the best teams in the East when they face the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
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