Postgame Thoughts: Hawks vs. Thunder

Thursday, December 20, 2012
By Micah Hart

A few thoughts on the Hawks’ 100-92 home loss to the Thunder on Wednesday night:

— There are no moral victories, but I give the Hawks credit for fighting tonight. After a tough OT game in DC last night, down 17 in the 3rd quarter, it would have been easy to just pack it in and call it a night. But energy was never an issue in this game, and the team dug deep to get all the way back within 4 before the Thunder prevailed. Goes down as a loss, but I did like the show of character.

Jeff Teague didn’t play particularly well against the Wizards on Friday, so you knew he was going to respond with vigor tonight. He did not disappoint. Teague was on the attack all evening long, and shot 9/13 from the field on his way to a team-leading 19 points to go with 9 assists.

Zaza Pachulia provided his typically stellar effort off the bench, scoring 6 points and grabbing 10 rebounds (seemingly half on one third-quarter possession). With five offensive boards on the night, Zaza passed Cliff Levingston for 8th on the Hawks’ all-time offensive rebound list. Hate that the effort went for naught, but well done ZP nonetheless.

— The Thunder were a two-man show tonight, but it was a pretty impressive show. In the first half it was Russell Westbrook, who scored 21 points before intermission to stake the Thunder to a 14-point lead. In the second half it was Kevin Durant‘s turn, as the 3-time defending NBA scoring champ scored 28 of his 41 points, many on difficult shots from long distances. I swear I’m not making excuses, but when a guy like Durant gets it rolling like he had it, there’s not much most NBA teams can do about it.

The Hawks are back at in Friday night in Philadelphia, then return home for a Saturday night date with the Chicago Bulls.

What’d you think?


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