Postgame Thoughts: Horford the Hero to Start Road Trip
A few thoughts after tonight’s 103-102 win over the Bucks:
- Al Horford came up big down the stretch, getting easy baskets twice in the final minute, including the game winner on the same play the Hawks ran to tie the game in an eventual overtime win over Detroit.
- The Hawks’ starters did most of the heavy lifting tonight. Horford had another big scoring night with 23 points, and Jeff Teague continues to show he can put the ball in the basket, netting 23.
- Atlanta is now 13-2 in games in which both Josh Smith and Al Horford had double-doubles. J-Smoove had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Horford had 11 boards to go with his 23 points.
- Zaza Pachulia had a big night on the boards in a game in which the Hawks were out-rebounded 58-41. Pachulia had 11 boards in just 20 minutes and set a franchise record with seven offensive rebounds in a quarter.
- Another franchise record was set by the Hawks tonight in the form of three-point shooting. Atlanta’s 14 made threes marks 22 games this season with at least 10 threes made, breaking the record set in 1996-1997. The Hawks shot 50 percent from deep tonight.
- Kyle Korver kept an impressive streak alive tonight by making a three-pointer in his 48th straight game. The NBA record is 89 by Dana Barros, so he has a ways to go, but he’s certainly capable of doing it.
- Good to see Devin Harris back in the starting lineup tonight. Harris scored 21 points on 7-11 shooting and looked comfortable throughout the game.
- Dahntay Jones was seen briefly in the first quarter but didn’t play in the second half. Coach Larry Drew said Jones’ minutes would likely be limited until he can learn the offense, which he obviously hasn’t had time to do in just two days with the team.
This was a game that the Hawks stole after falling behind by 10 in the fourth quarter. It qualifies as the team’s best conference road win and is a terrific start to the six-game trip. Drew shows once again that he’s a master at calling plays out of timeouts, drawing up two plays to get the ball in Horford’s hands in the final two minutes. The guys are off tomorrow and are back at it Monday against their final conference opponent of the trip – the Detroit Pistons. The Hawks have an overtime win and a one-point loss to the Pistons this year, so expect another good matchup at the Palace on Monday night.
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