Spurs ride late surge to ground Hawks and catch up with slumping Warriors atop NBA standings
Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs are tied atop the NBA standings with the Warriors after beating the Hawks. AP

THE San Antonio Spurs rode a late surge and held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 107-99, and tie the Golden State Warriors for the NBA’s best record on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) at the AT&T Center.

After seeing a 13-point third quarter lead cut to two early in the fourth, the Spurs went on a 13-4 run to take a 102-91 advantage with 1:36 to play. The Hawks, though, still fought back and got within six with 38 ticks left. But Kawhi Leonard sealed the win with clutch free throws as San Antonio ended Atlanta’s three-game win streak.

With their second straight win and the Warriors on a three-game slide, the Spurs now share the league’s top spot with a 52-14 record

Leonard led all scorers in his return from a concussion with 31 points, and Patty Mills added 15 markers. Danny Green and David Lee, who started for LaMarcus Aldridge (out indefinitely with a minor heart condition), scored 14 apiece.

San Antonio made a season-high 16 3-pointers in its 19th straight home victory over Atlanta.

Dennis Schroder had a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists for the Hawks (37-30). Tim Hardaway Jr scored 17 off the bench, while Paul Millsap added 16 markers.

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