Postgame Thoughts: Hawks Blast Pacers
A few thoughts coming up after the Hawks’ fourth-straight win, a 109-100 effort over the Pacers at Philips Arena:
— The Hawks were short several players tonight, including normal starters Josh Smith and Devin Harris. Did. Not. Matter. Atlanta showed its depth against the Pacers, putting six players in double figures in the win, led by Lou Williams 21 points and career-high 12 assists. It’s the first double-double of LouWill’s career, and he nearly had it by halftime.
— Anthony Morrow was missing as well, so rookie John Jenkins stepped in to play 16:54 and score 10 points on 4-6 from the field. It’s the first double-digit game for Jenkins, who flashed the sweet shooting stroke that led the Hawks to make him their first round pick in last year’s Draft out of Vanderbilt.
— Here are two statlines from tonight’s game:
Player A: 17 points, 14 rebounds, 7-11 shooting, 38:24 playing time
Player B: 0 points, 1 rebound, 0-2 shooting, 20:32 playing time
Both are centers. Player A is Zaza Pachulia. Player B is the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert. One of them was an All-Star last season and signed a max contract in the offseason. And one of them dominated said All-Star. Job well done, Zaza.
— Jeff Teague was content to let his teammates carry the offense for most of the night, but when the Indiana made a game of it late in the fourth quarter, Teague turned off the lights. A night after his career-high 27 against Cleveland, Teague scored 10 of the team’s last 16 points in the final 4:02 to keep the Pacers at bay and preserve the win. I said it last night, and I’ll say it again. When Teague is on, the Hawks are really hard to beat.
The win marks the second four-game win streak of the season for Atlanta, and moves the team to 19-9 on the season, and 3.5 games ahead of Indiana for the #3 spot in the East.
Next up, a three-game road trip starting New Year’s Eve in Houston.
What’d you think?