Postgame Thoughts: Hawks vs. Wizards
Some thoughts on the Hawks’ 104-95 win over the Wizards Friday night at Philips Arena:
— The balance on this team is really something. At various times tonight each of the five starters put the team on their shoulders and carried the action. DeShawn Stevenson hit a season-high 5 3-pointers (including his 500th career trey). Devin Harris attacked the rim with fury. Jeff Teague got wherever he wanted to on the court. Truly a team effort, and another win.
— Josh Smith continued an impressive stretch of play, putting up 23 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Since scoring just 6 points in a win over Orlando on Nov. 19, Smoove is averaging 19 ppg in seven games, and the Hawks are 6-1 in that span.
— Al Horford started slowly with only 2 points and 6 boards at the break, but turned it up in the second half to finish with 14 points and 14 rebounds. It’s the fourth straight double-double for Al, and his 9th overall on the season. In particular, he and Josh were effective working the high-low post, with Smoove finding him several times on lobs for easy buckets.
— After starting 6-11 from long distance, Atlanta cooled in the second half and finished just 10-26. The team got a little too loose with the jumpers after leading by as much as 18 in the third quarter, and the Wizards made them pay for it. Something I imagine Larry Drew will mention in review, but these Hawks have rarely made the same mistake two games in a row, so I imagine we’ll see a little more judiciousness tomorrow night in Memphis.
— Speaking of Memphis, a huge game tomorrow night against the Grizzlies, who have the NBA’s best record at 13-3. Should be a good one at the FedEx Forum. Unfortunately no local TV again tomorrow night, so make sure to follow us on Twitter for all the action.