Hawks Split Season Series With Magic
The Hawks evened the score with the Magic by picking up a 112-109 victory down in Orlando on Wednesday night. The division rivals split the season series 2-2.
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Rolling, Rolling, Rolling
After scoring 71 points in the first half against Miami this past Wednesday, it’s clear that the Hawks took some of that offense all the way down to Orlando as they cruised to a 60-point first half at the Amway Center.
Kyle Korver wasted no time tonight extending his 3-point streak to 110 consecutive games with a made-3 after knocking down a shot clock buzzer-beater in the first quarter. Korver finished the night with two from downtown, 12 points total.
Sharing is Caring
Ball movement has been a strength of the Hawks all season and tonight was no different. The Hawks got plenty of good looks and set the pace for a good amount of stretches. Coach Bud said that going forward, we need to extend those stretches in order to improve. All-in-all, Atlanta dished out 26 assists on 41 made field goals and scored 19 points in transition.
Millsap for All-Star
If Paul Millsap hadn’t already made his case for the 2014 All-Star Game in New Orleans, he certainly did tonight. Millsap filled up his statline with 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocked shots and 3 steals. He showed leadership on the court and on the sidelines, talking to his teammates when Orlando took the lead late in the game.
The Magic went on a 32-10 run throughout the third and fourth quarters to take the lead for the first time of the game midway through the fourth. Orlando trailed by as many as 19 before clawing their way back while Atlanta went scoreless for 3:15 before Pero Antic (1-6 from deep) was finally able to connect on a very timely 3-pointer to keep the Hawks within fighting distance.
Assistant Coach Quin Snyder was impressed with the team’s offense in the first half, but it was clear at halftime that we needed to get some more defensive stops, having allowed 56 first-half points from the Magic. We managed to get those key stops in the third to give us a 19-point lead before Orlando fought its way back. It wasn’t until late in the fourth that we mentally proved we had what it took to get the win by getting some HUGE stops down the stretch that ultimately led to the W.
Welcome Back, Jeff.
Some might have said that Jeff Teague was in an offensive slump of sorts, but I’d say he managed to break out of it tonight, putting up 23 points on 50% shooting. Welcome back, Jeff.
Atlanta managed to find its way to the free throw line and then had no issue converting once they got there. As a team, we were 21-24 from the line, Jeff Teague was 7-8 from the charity stripe including 2 huge points with 30 seconds left to bring us within 1. Antic made 2 pairs of clutch free throws with under 30 seconds left to lock us in at 112-109.
The Magic capitalized on 16 Hawks’ turnovers converting them into 27 points. The Hawks were unable to take full advantage of Orlando’s 15, scoring only 12 points off of their miscues.
DeMarre Carroll didn’t return to the game after going out in the third quarter with a left hamstring injury.
The Hawks return to action on Friday night at Philips Arena when they host the San Antonio Spurs at 7:30 ET.
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