By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and the San Antonio Spurs defeated Atlanta 117-111 Tuesday night for their 21st straight win at home over the Hawks.
San Antonio point guard Derrick White added 23 points after scoring 12 total points in his previous two games.
The Spurs remain seventh in the Western Conference at 45-33.
The Hawks, who were eliminated from the playoffs last month, entered Tuesday’s game having won six of 10. Atlanta led by as many as nine points in the second half, before San Antonio rallied in the fourth to avoid its second straight loss at home.
Kent Bazemore had 26 points to lead the Hawks, and Alex Len added 21.
Atlanta closed the third quarter on an 18-6 run and carried a 90-86 lead into the fourth. The Hawks made four 3-pointers in the run, including a pair by Len, their 7-foot-1 center.
The Spurs countered with a 15-4 run beginning midway through the final quarter and took a 108-104 lead with 3:39 remaining. White had seven straight points during the outburst, including his third and final 3-pointer in as many attempts.
DeRozan added seven assists and seven rebounds in 38 minutes. Rudy Gay, who finished with 11 rebounds, was the only Spurs starter not to score in double figures.
Both teams got off to an efficient start, making their first three shots on their first three possessions. The Spurs closed the quarter shooting 59% from the field and took a 33-31 lead while the Hawks shot 48%.
Hawks: Atlanta’s previous win in San Antonio was on Feb. 15, 1997. Steve Smith and Mookie Blaylock combined for 46 points in a 109-89 victory. . Atlanta had six players sit out with injuries. Dewayne Dedmon (left), Alex Poythress (right) and Omari Spellman each were suffering an ankle injury. … Forward Taurean Prince missed his third straight game with a sore foot. . The Hawks are 12-27 on the road this season.
Spurs: San Antonio, which plays Denver on Wednesday, is 11-14 in back-to-back games this season and 4-8 on the second night. . Guard Lonnie Walker IV made an early appearance, entering the game with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter. The rookie from Miami is averaging 6.4 minutes in 12 appearances. . DeRozan picked up a technical foul with 10.1 seconds remaining in the first half as he walked to the bench berating Ed Malloy for a charge called against him. . White had two blocked shots, raising his season total to 44.
Hawks: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Spurs: At Denver on Wednesday night.