Aron Baynes hit a clutch shot in the lane in the final three seconds to take the San Antonio Spurs to a 106-104 preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks Thursday night.
The Hawks trailed by 14 before rallying in the fourth quarter. Kyle Korver carried the Hawks with 26 points and three of them tied the game 97-97 in the fourth. Al Horford scored 13 points; DeMarre Carroll, 14 points; and Jeff Teague scored 15 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer at 104-104.
But that wasn’t enough to stop the Spurs, Tony Parker scored 17 points, 13 of them in the third quarter alone, to lead the Spurs. Tim Duncan sunk 16 points with eight rebounds in 19 minutes; Marco Belinelli, 13 points; and Manu Ginobili scored 11 points for the Spurs.
The Spurs went into the locker rooms with a 44-41 lead at halftime.
San Antonio is working with 12 of the same players from last season, including all five starters that lost to Miami in the 2013 finals.
The Spurs will return to Miami to play LeBron and company in their next preseason game Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 ET on NBATV.