Postgame Thoughts: Hawks Fall in Final Home Game of First Half
A few thoughts after tonight’s 111-100 loss to the Hornets:
– Jeff Teague continues to step up the scoring in the absence of Lou Williams. His 21 points night marks the third straight game with 20 or more, improving on a career-best 14.1 points per game coming into the night. He made a career-high four threes and also dished out nine assists.
– Josh Smith needed just four rebounds and two assists to become the first Hawk this season to record a triple-double. Although he came up short, Smoove still put up 23 points to go with his eight assists and six rebounds. He also added two blocks to once again fill the stat sheet.
– Can you say RECORD HOLDER? That’s what Kyle Korver is to the Hawks after making a three-pointer in a franchise-best 43rd consecutive game tonight. Way to go Kyle!
– Larry Drew elected to play only nine players tonight. All nine scored, including John Jenkins, who has scored eight or more in three straight games. He is averaging more than 10 points per game over that stretch.
– Much like the Hawks last loss in Indiana, defense was the killer tonight. The Hawks gave up 61 points in the second half as the Hornets battled back from a five-point halftime deficit to win. The Hawks allowed 64 in the second half against the Pacers.
– Zaza Pachulia was back on the floor after missing the past four games with a sore Achilles. The big man gave the Hawks some needed energy as he always does in 17 minutes off the bench. It’s good to have him back.
– Atlanta was out-rebounded 44-33. The Hornets had 11 offensive rebounds and converted them into 22 second chance points.
Drew warned his team about New Orleans’ big road wins this year, which include the Bulls, Clippers, Celtics, Grizzlies and now Hawks. Despite the loss tonight, the Hawks still finished the first half of the season with a 17-9 home record. Two games remain before All Star break (at Dallas Monday, at Orlando Wednesday). It will be important for the team to get wins next week to go into the break with some momentum.