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Spurs claim 21st straight home win over Hawks, 117-111

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs needed someone to help veterans DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge carry the load as the long season draws to a close. Derrick White provided the needed lift.

DeRozan scored 29 points and the Spurs defeated Atlanta 117-111 Tuesday night for their 21st straight win at home over the depleted Hawks.

''The last couple of games, I felt like I kind of let them down, so I wanted to step up and help them out,'' White said.

White, in his second year, scored 23 points after scoring 20 total points in his previous four games.

The win kept San Antonio seventh in the Western Conference after Oklahoma City defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-103 on Tuesday behind Russell Westbrook's historic game. Westbrook joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in league history with at least 20 points, rebounds and assists in a game.

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 despite missing six players due to injury, before San Antonio rallied in the fourth to avoid its second straight loss at home.

''Stops win basketball games,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''Sure, you've got to make shots, but when we lose these games it's because we don't make stops, especially in the fourth quarter.''

Kent Bazemore had 26 points to lead the Hawks, and Alex Len added 21. Atlanta has not won in San Antonio since 1997.

''It's tough winning here, we all know that,'' said Hawks rookie Trae Young, who scored 15. ''(But) we had chances to win.''

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.

''What you saw, that's his game,'' Popovich said. ''He's just kind of steady, picks his spots. I loved seeing him get more confident with the 3, knocking down a couple, that's great. That's the next step for him.''

White had scored six points in each of his previous two games and shot a combined 7 for 30 from the field in his past four.

''He had a couple of games where he struggled, but sometimes you've got to embrace the struggle to understand how to get out of it and what you need to do to get back to yourself,'' DeRozan said.

White did so, going 10 for 12 from the field for his highest output since March 12. The 24-yeard old returned to the form that made him a pleasant surprise after the Spurs were forced to move him into the starting lineup when starting point guard Dejounte Murray suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.

''They were focusing a lot on DeMar, he had a big game,'' White said. ''I knew I had to step up when the opportunity was there.''

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 percent from the field and took a 33-31 lead while the Hawks shot 48 percent.

TIP-INS

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.

STREAKING

San Antonio has 20 straight seasons with 45-plus wins, the longest streak in league history.

The Los Angeles Lakers held the record previously, winning at least 45 games in 15 straight seasons beginning in 1976.

BLAZING BAZEMORE

Bazemore's 26-point game marked the first time he eclipsed 20 since scoring 23 against Minnesota on Feb .23.

The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 7.2 points in March, reaching double figures in only six of 15 games.

''My teammates have been in my corner and the coaching staff has been in my corner throughout the past month because it's been tough,'' Bazemore said. ''Sometimes you've just got to let go. Recommitted myself. Shot the ball and it went in tonight.''

Bazemore shot 10 for 16 against San Antonio

UP NEXT

Hawks: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Spurs: At Denver on Wednesday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:49 +2 Bryn Forbes made jump shot 0-2
11:34 +2 Trae Young made floating jump shot 2-2
11:23 +2 DeMar DeRozan made jump shot 2-4
11:06 +2 Vince Carter made turnaround jump shot 4-4
10:51 +2 Rudy Gay made jump shot, assist by Bryn Forbes 4-6
10:34   Personal foul on Bryn Forbes  
10:22 +2 Alex Len made dunk, assist by Vince Carter 6-6
9:57   Bad pass turnover on Rudy Gay, stolen by Justin Anderson  
9:45   Trae Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:37   Shooting foul on Justin Anderson  
9:37 +1 DeMar DeRozan made 1st of 2 free throws 6-7
9:37 +1 DeMar DeRozan made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-8
9:27 +3 Alex Len made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trae Young 9-8
9:10   Bryn Forbes missed floating jump shot  
9:08   Defensive rebound by Justin Anderson  
9:00   Trae Young missed finger-roll layup  
8:44 +2 Derrick White made finger-roll layup, assist by Rudy Gay 9-10
8:20 +2 Kevin Huerter made jump shot 11-10
8:06 +3 Bryn Forbes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeMar DeRozan 11-13
7:48 +3 Justin Anderson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Huerter 14-13
7:29 +2 LaMarcus Aldridge made jump shot, assist by Derrick White 14-15
7:07   Alex Len missed jump shot  
7:05   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
6:51 +2 Rudy Gay made finger-roll layup, assist by DeMar DeRozan 14-17
6:38   Justin Anderson missed jump shot  
6:35   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
6:27   Out of bounds turnover on DeMar DeRozan  
6:10   Kevin Huerter missed floating jump shot  
6:09   Offensive rebound by Alex Len  
6:09   Shooting foul on Davis Bertans  
6:09 +1 Alex Len made 1st of 2 free throws 15-17
6:09   Alex Len missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:07   Defensive rebound by Davis Bertans  
5:47   Defensive rebound by Justin Anderson  
5:41 +2 Trae Young made floating jump shot 17-17
5:28 +2 Derrick White made jump shot 17-19
5:08 +2 Kevin Huerter made jump shot, assist by Alex Len 19-19
4:42   Defensive rebound by DeMar DeRozan  
4:31   Davis Bertans missed layup, blocked by Kevin Huerter  
4:28   Defensive rebound by Kevin Huerter  
4:25 +2 Kevin Huerter made floating jump shot 21-21
4:13   Shooting foul on Trae Young  
4:13 +1 DeMar DeRozan made 1st of 2 free throws 21-22
4:11   Defensive rebound by Deyonta Davis  
4:02   Trae Young missed floating jump shot  
3:59   Defensive rebound by DeMar DeRozan  
3:37   DeAndre' Bembry missed jump shot  
3:33   Offensive rebound by Justin Anderson  
3:21   Justin Anderson missed dunk  
3:21   Offensive rebound by Justin Anderson  
3:21   Kent Bazemore missed jump shot  
3:17   Offensive rebound by Justin Anderson  
3:15   Justin Anderson missed layup, blocked by LaMarcus Aldridge  
3:15   Defensive rebound by Marco Belinelli  
3:11   Marco Belinelli missed jump shot  
3:11   Defensive rebound by Justin Anderson  
3:03   Shooting foul on Marco Belinelli  
3:03 +1 Trae Young made 1st of 2 free throws 22-22
3:03 +1 Trae Young made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-22
2:52 +3 Patty Mills made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lonnie Walker IV 23-25
2:40 +2 Deyonta Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by Trae Young 25-25
2:22   Lonnie Walker IV missed jump shot  
2:19   Defensive rebound by Deyonta Davis  
2:16   Shooting foul on Lonnie Walker IV  
2:16 +1 DeAndre' Bembry made 1st of 2 free throws 26-25
2:16   DeAndre' Bembry missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:14   Defensive rebound by Jakob Poeltl  
2:02 +3 Patty Mills made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jakob Poeltl 26-28
1:49   3-pt. jump shot  
1:36 +3 Patty Mills made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Davis Bertans 26-31
1:15   Offensive foul on Deyonta Davis  
1:15   Offensive foul on Deyonta Davis  
0:51 +2 Kent Bazemore made jump shot 28-31
0:43 +2 Jakob Poeltl made layup 28-33
0:35   Shooting foul on Lonnie Walker IV  
0:35 +1 Kent Bazemore made 1st of 2 free throws 29-33
0:35   Kent Bazemore missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:34   ATL team rebound  
0:33 +2 layup 31-33
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45 +2 Kent Bazemore made finger-roll layup, assist by DeAndre' Bembry 33-33
11:28   Offensive rebound by Jakob Poeltl  
11:26 +3 Patty Mills made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryn Forbes 33-36
11:04   3-pt. jump shot  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
10:47   Bad pass turnover on Bryn Forbes, stolen by Jaylen Adams  
10:43 +2 Kent Bazemore made finger-roll layup, assist by Jaylen Adams 35-36
10:25   Personal foul on Deyonta Davis  
10:12   ATL team rebound  
9:52   Jaylen Adams missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Patty Mills  
9:47   ATL team rebound  
9:46   hook shot  
9:43   Defensive rebound by Marco Belinelli  
9:33   Rudy Gay missed layup  
9:28   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
9:28   Rudy Gay missed dunk  
9:27   Defensive rebound by DeAndre' Bembry  
9:26   Lost ball turnover on DeAndre' Bembry, stolen by Rudy Gay  
9:19   Jaylen Adams missed jump shot  
9:15   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
8:45   Lost ball turnover on Kent Bazemore, stolen by DeMar DeRozan  
8:41 +2 DeMar DeRozan made finger-roll layup, assist by Rudy Gay 35-38
8:41   Shooting foul on DeAndre' Bembry  
8:41 +1 DeMar DeRozan made free throw 35-39
8:33   Personal foul on DeMar DeRozan  
8:25   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Adams  
8:17   DeAndre' Bembry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
8:08   Shooting foul on Jaylen Adams  
8:08 +1 DeMar DeRozan made 1st of 2 free throws 35-40
8:08 +1 DeMar DeRozan made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-41
7:52 +2 Kent Bazemore made jump shot, assist by Alex Len 37-41
7:35   Bad pass turnover on Rudy Gay, stolen by Kent Bazemore  
7:31 +2 DeAndre' Bembry made layup 39-41
7:08   Rudy Gay missed floating jump shot  
7:06   Defensive rebound by Alex Len  
6:51   Personal foul on DeMar DeRozan  
6:42 +3 Kent Bazemore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Vince Carter 42-41
6:17 +3 Derrick White made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rudy Gay 42-44
6:02 +2 Kevin Huerter made alley-oop shot, assist by Trae Young 44-44
5:46   Kent Bazemore missed dunk  
5:39   Rudy Gay missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:36   Defensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
5:18 +3 Kent Bazemore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Vince Carter 47-44
5:00 +2 LaMarcus Aldridge made layup, assist by Derrick White 47-46
4:39   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
4:33   Shooting foul on Alex Len  
4:33 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 1st of 2 free throws 47-47
4:33 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-48
4:23 +2 Alex Len made dunk, assist by Vince Carter 49-48
3:59 +2 Derrick White made finger-roll layup 49-50
3:38   Shooting foul on LaMarcus Aldridge  
3:38 +1 Alex Len made 1st of 2 free throws 50-50
3:38 +1 Alex Len made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-50
3:27   Bad pass turnover on Derrick White, stolen by Kevin Huerter  
3:13   Derrick White missed layup  
3:13   SA team rebound  
3:13   Personal foul on Alex Len  
3:13 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 1st of 2 free throws 51-51
3:13   LaMarcus Aldridge missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:10   Defensive rebound by Justin Anderson  
2:51   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
2:43 +2 DeMar DeRozan made reverse layup 51-53
2:30   SA team rebound  
2:12   Personal foul on Alex Len  
2:12 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 1st of 2 free throws 51-54
2:12   LaMarcus Aldridge missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:10   Defensive rebound by Deyonta Davis  
1:55   Bad pass turnover on Justin Anderson, stolen by Marco Belinelli  
1:49   Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:46   Defensive rebound by Deyonta Davis  
1:28   Bad pass turnover on Derrick White, stolen by Deyonta Davis  
1:27   Out of bounds turnover on Deyonta Davis  
1:08 +2 LaMarcus Aldridge made finger-roll layup 51-56
0:46 +2 Justin Anderson made finger-roll layup, assist by Vince Carter 53-56
0:36   Shooting foul on Deyonta Davis  
0:36 +1 DeMar DeRozan made 1st of 2 free throws 53-57
0:36 +1 DeMar DeRozan made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-58
0:29 +2 Trae Young made driving layup 55-58
0:10   Offensive foul on DeMar DeRozan  
0:10   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
0:10 +1 Trae Young made free throw 56-58
0:04   Personal foul on Derrick White  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:51   Vince Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:47   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
11:35   LaMarcus Aldridge missed layup  
11:32   Offensive rebound by Derrick White  
11:23   Offensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
11:23 +2 LaMarcus Aldridge made dunk 56-60
11:13   Defensive rebound by Bryn Forbes  
11:08   Bryn Forbes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:05   Defensive rebound by Alex Len  
10:58 +2 Trae Young made floating jump shot 58-60
10:45   Derrick White missed jump shot  
10:42   Defensive rebound by Kevin Huerter  
10:40 +3 Kevin Huerter made 3-pt. jump shot 61-60
10:21   Bad pass turnover on DeMar DeRozan, stolen by Kevin Huerter  
10:18   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Huerter  
10:05 +3 Bryn Forbes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeMar DeRozan 61-63
9:50   Out of bounds turnover on Vince Carter  
9:40   Personal foul on Trae Young  
9:32 +3 Derrick White made 3-pt. jump shot 61-66
9:19   Shooting foul on Derrick White  
9:19 +1 Trae Young made 1st of 2 free throws 62-66
9:19 +1 Trae Young made 2nd of 2 free throws 63-66
9:03 +2 DeMar DeRozan made floating jump shot 63-68
8:54 +3 Alex Len made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trae Young 66-68
8:36   Defensive rebound by Alex Len  
8:30   Trae Young missed finger-roll layup  
8:21 +3 Bryn Forbes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Derrick White 66-71
8:05   Justin Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:05   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
7:41 +2 Bryn Forbes made floating jump shot, assist by DeMar DeRozan 66-73
7:18 +2 Vince Carter made fade-away jump shot 68-73
7:08 +2 DeMar DeRozan made floating jump shot 68-75
7:08   Shooting foul on Justin Anderson  
7:08 +1 DeMar DeRozan made free throw 68-76
6:56 +2 Justin Anderson made driving layup, assist by Trae Young 70-76
6:56   Shooting foul on LaMarcus Aldridge  
6:56   Justin Anderson missed free throw  
6:54   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
6:35   Violation  
6:19   Rudy Gay missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:17   Defensive rebound by Trae Young  
6:11   Trae Young missed finger-roll layup  
6:09   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
5:52   Defensive rebound by Vince Carter  
5:47   Offensive foul on Deyonta Davis  
5:47   Offensive foul on Deyonta Davis  
5:33 +2 DeMar DeRozan made jump shot, assist by Bryn Forbes 70-78
5:20   jump shot, blocked by Derrick White  
5:20   ATL team rebound  
5:08   Jaylen Adams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:01   Offensive rebound by Vince Carter  
5:01   Offensive rebound by Vince Carter  
4:55   Bryn Forbes missed layup  
4:50   Defensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
4:45   Bad pass turnover on Kent Bazemore, stolen by Patty Mills  
4:30 +2 LaMarcus Aldridge made turnaround jump shot 72-80
4:14   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
4:03   Bad pass turnover on Bryn Forbes  
4:00 +2 Kent Bazemore made finger-roll layup, assist by DeAndre' Bembry 74-80
3:37   Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:37   ATL team rebound  
3:37   Personal foul on LaMarcus Aldridge  
3:28 +3 DeAndre' Bembry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaylen Adams 77-80
3:06   Personal foul  
2:53   Defensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
2:47 +3 Alex Len made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kent Bazemore 80-80
2:34   Bad pass turnover on Marco Belinelli, stolen by Alex Len  
2:32   Personal foul on Davis Bertans  
2:26   Lost ball turnover on DeAndre' Bembry, stolen by Jakob Poeltl  
2:12 +2 Patty Mills made jump shot 80-82
1:53 +2 Alex Len made dunk, assist by Kent Bazemore 82-82
1:39 +2 Davis Bertans made jump shot, assist by Rudy Gay 82-84
1:25 +3 Kent Bazemore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaylen Adams 85-84
1:11 +2 Rudy Gay made finger-roll layup, assist by Patty Mills 85-86
1:02 +2 DeAndre' Bembry made layup, assist by Jaylen Adams 87-86
0:56   Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:56   ATL team rebound  
0:40   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
0:22   Defensive rebound by DeAndre' Bembry  
0:02 +3 Alex Len made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaylen Adams 90-86
0:00   End of period