Atlanta, winners of five straight games, is on the upward trend while the Spurs, losers of a season-high five straight games, are off to their worst start since 1996-97.
The Hawks hit the road after a 113-101 win at home over Oklahoma City on Monday. The Hawks have won eight of their nine home games but are only 1-8 on the road.
San Antonio is losing, but it was closer on Monday, shrugging off two of its worst games of the season and taking Phoenix, the league’s hottest team, down to the final seconds before succumbing at home 115-111.
Dejounte Murray racked up a triple-double in the loss. “We’d go down 10, and we’d come back. We’d go down 10, we’d come back. I’m pleased with the way that we played.
“Obviously, we’d rather win, but we have to understand what we need to do to win. “
Derrick White led the Spurs with 19 points while Devin Vassell hit for 17 points, Jakob Poeltl had 15 and Lonnie Walker IV added 11 points for San Antonio.