SAN ANTONIODerrick White sparked a fourth-quarter rally to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 117-111 victory over the Atlanta Hawks (28-50) at the AT&T Center on Tuesday night.

The win saw San Antonio bounce back from a loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night as well as stay ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder for seventh place in the Western Conference standings.

Here is what went good and bad for the Spurs, as well as three standout players: DeMar DeRozan, Derrick White, and Patty Mills.

The Good:
  • The Spurs dug deep and found a way to win a game they really should have been way ahead in, according to
  • Derrick White continues to prove the Spurs will be just fine moving forward with him and Dejounte Murray at the helm.
  • Patty Mills led the Spurs bench mob.
The Bad:
  • San Antonio continues to play down to opponents and once again struggled against a below .500 team. Make that Sacramento, Phoenix, Cleveland, and now Atlanta that has given the Spurs fits.
Three Standout Players:
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DeMar DeRozan

The Spurs’ leading scorer set the tone for the Silver and Black on Tuesday night as he found guys for key buckets and stayed aggressive all night long.

DeRozan scored a game-high 29 points as he went 15-for-16 from the free throw line. He added seven rebounds and seven assists to his stat line but did foul out in the final quarter in the last three minutes.

Derrick White

The Spurs’ second-year guard showed his growth and improvement as he helped spark a fourth-quarter rally to give San Antonio the win.

White finished with 23 points on 10-for-12 shooting to go along with four rebounds and three assists. White scored seven straight points as he led the Spurs from down six to up by a point.

“That’s his game,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of White. “He’s steady and picks his spots. I love to see him getting more confident with the three. That’s the next step for him.”

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Patty Mills

The Aussie guard and fan favorite led the Spurs in scoring off the bench for San Antonio in the game and was red-hot to start the game off.

Mills finished with 14 points for the second unit, which struggled in the game on Tuesday. He went 4-for-8 from three-point range.


The Spurs are now 45-33 on the season and will return to the court on Wednesday night when they travel to face the Denver Nuggets (51-26) at 8 pm Central Time from the Pepsi Center.


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