Postgame Thoughts: Teague, Horford Power Hawks
A few thoughts after tonight’s 98-90 win over the Bucks:
– Not enough can be said about the play of Jeff Teague tonight. When he’s on, he’s on, and tonight he was definitely on. He scored 27 points, hit four three-pointers and handed out 11 assists. The Hawks seem to go as he goes.
– Al Horford also had a great game. The Hawks couldn’t find consistent offense until about midway through the second quarter when Al started getting his mid-range jumper to fall. They were able to take a five point lead into halftime and built on it with a 29-16 third quarter. Horford finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds.
– The Bucks certainly did the Hawks some favors tonight by missing some point blank layups. They missed 36 shots in the paint in all and shot just 37 percent. They still outscored the Hawks 46-36 in the paint, but the missed gimme’s were too much to overcome.
– The Hawks were running well tonight. This team plays so much better when they play fast, and tonight they were able to score in transition when they couldn’t score in the half court, particularly in the first half. They finished with 28 fast-break points.
– Free throws have been getting better lately. Early in the season the Hawks were consistently poor from the line, but those games are rare now. Tonight they were 14/17 (82%).
– Kyle Korver has now made a three-pointer in 61 straight games. Should we even be surprised anymore?
– Devin Harris finished with 15 points, 10 of which were in the first quarter when others were missing shots. He gave the Hawks the shot in the arm they needed to start the game by pushing the tempo.
– On another statistical note, Josh Smith finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing a season-high 16 rebounds.
This was a big win for the Hawks against a playoff challenger in Milwaukee. The Hawks are now 3.5 up on the Bucks with 14 games to go and bounced back nicely after Monday. It would be big if Atlanta could finish the homestand 2-1 with a win over Portland Friday because a four-game road trip looms after that.
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