Postgame Thoughts: Hawks vs. Pistons
A few thoughts on the Hawks rollercoaster of a 126-119 double-overtime victory over the Pistons Wednesday night at Philips Arena:
— Josh Smith was on fire early, scoring 21 first-half points (a Hawks’ season high) and 31 for the game (another Hawks high). And when Smoove lost the touch down the stretch, the backcourt combo of Lou Williams and Jeff Teague was there to pick him up. The starting backcourt scored 18 of the team’s 25 points in overtime, hitting timely shots and free throws when the team needed them most.
— A game of runs? A game of runs. The two teams took turns blowing each other out during regulation, with the Hawks outscoring the Pistons 28-13 in the first and 31-17 in the third, while Detroit thumped Atlanta 32-22 in the second and 39-20 in the fourth.
— A tip of the cap to former Tech guard Will Bynum, who always seems to play his best against the city where he played his college ball. Bynum entered the 4th quarter with 5 points, and finished the night with 31.
— One of these days, we’re going to get Kyle Korver and Anthony Morrow shooting well in the same game. While Korver struggled, A-Mo scored 16 points in 17 minutes off the bench including 3 makes from downtown. Meanwhile Korver couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn for most of the game, but hit one when it counted in double-OT, sinking a 3 to put the Hawks up 120-114 with 1:41 to play.
These are the games that make you go gray early, or would if you had any hair unlike myself. The Hawks led by as many as 22 in the 4th quarter before the Pistons went nuclear, scoring 39 points and hitting 8-9 3’s in the final 12 minutes to send the game to extra time. Still, a win is a win. Atlanta could have easily folded after blowing such a big lead, but refused to give in after trailing in both overtime periods and held on for the win. At the end of the day, that is all that matters.