Derrick White's record night, big dunk propel Spurs to road win at Atlanta

White ties blocks record for guard; Aldridge scores 32 in win

(AP Photo/John Amis)
(AP Photo/John Amis)

ATLANTA – Derrick White’s big night propelled the Spurs to a key road win Wednesday night in Atlanta.

The second-year point guard filled the stat sheet, scoring 18 points with nine assists, six rebounds and six blocks as San Antonio beat the Hawks 111-104 to improve 37-29.

White’s six blocks tied the franchise record for blocks by a guard set by Danny Green last season.

According to Spurs media relations, the only other player in NBA history with that stat line is Tracy McGrady.

White also had a posterizing dunk in the first quarter over Hawks 7-foot-1 center Alex Len. 

It was the Spurs fourth straight win and keeps them firmly in position for a postseason berth.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with 32 points with nine rebounds.

Rudy Gay had a double-double, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Gay was re-inserted into the starting lineup due to the absence of center Jakob Poeltl, who missed the game with a sore hamstring.

The Spurs did a solid defensive job on Hawks rookie guard Trae Young, holding him to 22 points on 8 of 24 shooting. 

San Antonio returns home to face Milwaukee on Sunday. 

The Bucks currently have the best record in the NBA and feature league MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Tip-off at the AT&T Center is set for 7 p.m.

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RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio. He also writes a weekly Spurs newsletter.