After barely squeaking past the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs looked sharp in this blowout win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair both scored 17 points while Tiago Splitter had 16 points and eight rebounds, and the Spurs bench gave a big push as San Antonio handed the surging Hawks their first lopsided loss of the season, 105-83 on Wednesday night.
It was a convincing win over the Southeast Division leaders after the Spurs had lost two of their previous three games, including one against the Sacramento Kings at home.
The reserves brought plenty against the Hawks.
“I was not expecting them to go off as well as they did,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said of San Antonio’s bench, which outscored Atlanta’s reserves 51-27.
In this 22-point blowout, the Hawks (13-6) got manhandled by the Spurs (12-7).
Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 20 points. Kirk Hinrich made his season debut, after missing 18 games while recovering from a shoulder surgery, and scored seven points in 14 minutes.
Joe Johnson, who had averaged 23 points in Atlanta’s previous seven games, shot 5-of-12 from the floor and finished with 10 points. Josh Smith added 13 points on 6-of-17 shooting.
The loss was a rare embarrassment for the Hawks, who had won six of their previous seven games.
Tim Duncan scored six points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Tony Parker added 15 points for the Spurs.
The Spurs shot 51 percent from the floor, the performance by the Spurs’ bench satisfied coach Gregg Popovich, who was so irate with his starters at the start of the second half that he called a timeout one minute into the third quarter.
He subbed out everyone but Duncan.
Bonner, who is in the midst of a career-worst shooting slump, reached double digits for the third time this season and tied a season high five 3-pointers making 5-of-7 of his shots from beyond the arc.
“I had the first couple go down. It always makes things easier,” Bonner said.
Meanwhile, Splitter continues to impress.
The big man from Brazil who scored a career-high 25 points in a weekend loss to Houston, scored double figures for the fifth straight game.
Even little-used rookie point guard Cory Joseph scored a season-best eight points in 19 minutes of action.
The Spurs started the second quarter with the combination of Joseph, Splitter, Bonner, Gary Neal and Danny Green. The lineup extended San Antonio’s lead to 41-28 in a span of six minutes.
Green finished with 10 points.
The Spurs improved to 10-1 at home, but are 2-6 on the road. They have only three more home games before they spend much of February on the road because of the annual Rodeo Road Trip.
The Hawks haven’t beaten the Spurs on the road since Duncan entered the NBA in 1997.
The Spurs will try to improve their road record when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night at the Target Center.