Postgame Thoughts: Hawks at Bobcats

Saturday, November 24, 2012
By Micah Hart

A few thoughts after the Hawks’ impressive 101-91 road win over the surprisingly feisty Bobcats…

– On a night featuring several excellent performances up and down the roster, special mention goes to Al Horford for his huge 26 point, 13 rebound, 3 block night. Horford did it early and late, scoring 14 points in the first quarter and scoring two baskets in the final minute to seal the victory. After Wednesday night’s 1-10 FT performance, you knew Al was going to come back strong, and he certainly did.

– I just looked at the box score and my jaw dropped when I saw that Zaza Pachulia played only 13:41 tonight. He certainly made the most of his time, scoring 9 points and grabbing 7 boards, and generally having a positive impact on the game on nearly every possession. Particularly impressive was his nearly coast-to-coast finger roll right before the 3rd quarter buzzer. That’s about as graceful as Zaza gets right there.

Jeff Teague. I’m going to start running out of superlatives soon for how this guy is playing this season. Teague had a double-double with 13 points and 12 dimes, and continues to make me think that he could have a real argument for a spot on the All-Star team if he keeps trending this way.

– Speaking of Teague, I know there is grumbling on Twitter about his lack of playing time at times, but I think it’s worth mentioning that the Hawks’ depth allows coach Larry Drew to limit minutes without sacrificing performance.

– Fresh off his game-winner over the Wizards, Kyle Korver maintained his hot shooting with 16 points including 4-6 from distance.

– Speaking of 3-pointers, the Hawks hit a season-high 11 (on 22 attempts, for a nice .500 percentage).

– Speaking of season highs, the Hawks blocked 15 shots, which is not only a season high, but is something Atlanta hasn’t done since February of 2000!

Really a nice win for the Hawks, as Charlotte has proven to be miles ahead of last season and put up a very impressive resistance.

The Hawks go for their fifth straight tomorrow night when they host the Clippers at Philips Arena. Pretty sure you don’t want to miss that.

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