Postgame Thoughts: Hawks vs. Magic
A few thoughts on the Hawks’ 86-80 win over the Magic in Orlando, their 8th-straight win over their Southeast Division rivals:
– Za! Za! Pachuuuuulia! How awesome was the big man’s stretch from the end of the 3rd through the first part of the 4th quarter? First he hits nothing but net from 3/4-court to end the 3rd (it was just a split-second too late, but a heckuva shot nonetheless), then he starts the 4th with a beautiful finger-roll layup to his left, and finishes off with a freeze-the-defense ball-fake and score to his right. People think of big Z as a rough and tumble player, but the man has some style.
– Al Horford. Double double. Sun rise. Sun set. 7 straight now for Al, after a 13 point, 13 rebound night. It’s the longest active streak in the NBA.
– After allowing the Heat to shoot a scorching 58% from the field (the first team to shoot over 50% against the Hawks this season) in the last game, you knew Larry Drew was going to have his team hunkering down on defense. And hunker they did, holding the Magic to 38.3% shooting and nabbing 11 steals. One of the things that’s been most refreshing about the Hawks this season has been their ability to adjust from game to game if something isn’t working, and tonight they tightened up the D to great effect.
– It was nice to see Kyle Korver back in the lineup after missing the last few games with back spasms. Korver hit 3-5 from distance in his return, showing very little rust from his absence.
Another successful road trip for Atlanta, which went 2-1 on its three-game Southern swing and now sports the best road record in the East with a 6-3 mark away from home.
The Hawks return to action tomorrow night at Philips, where they look for their third win over the Bobcats on the season.