Postgame Thoughts: Hawks at Wizards

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
By Micah Hart

Some thoughts on the Hawks’ tough 100-95 overtime win over the Wizards Tuesday night in DC:

Lou Williams was the player of the game for the Hawks tonight, and really saved their bacon with some timely shots, especially after Devin Harris was lost for the game with a sore foot. LouWillVille finished the night with a season-high 24 points, including 10-11 from the foul line, to lead the team to victory. His 3-pointer with 43.9 seconds left in regulation stemmed the tide for the Hawks late, and settled the team down to eventually take home the win.

— Larry Drew didn’t want to play DeShawn Stevenson tonight (Stevenson typically doesn’t play both ends of a back-to-back to rest his knees), but forced into service DeShawn came up big. Not only did he hit TWO baskets from inside the arc, but his 3-pointer in overtime gave the Hawks the lead for good. If he ends up not playing against the Thunder Wednesday night as a result, at least his minutes were not spent in vain.

— Another game, another stat stuff for Josh Smith. 17 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks (including a huge one with the Wizards trying to tie it up late in OT), and 3 steals for Smoove.

Kyle Korver was hot tonight, hitting 5-6 from the field for 16 points. Would like to have seen him get some more looks, but give the Wizards credit for chasing him all over the court.

— Quiet night for Al Horford. Big Al only scored 5 points, but chipped in in other ways with 11 boards and 6 assists.

— Former Hawk Jordan Crawford did his best against his former team, hitting difficult shot after difficult shot to finish with 27 points. He jawed with his former teammates all night long, even drawing a double technical when ref Joey Crawford thought the conversation between him and Jeff Teague got a little salty.

Overall, a much closer result than Atlanta was hoping for, but a win is a win, especially on the road. No time to rest unfortunately, with the Thunder and their 11-game win streak in town Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

What’d you think?