Postgame Thoughts: Hawks Continue Comebacks vs. Bucks
A few thoughts after today’s 104-99 win over the Bucks:
– There’s something about the fourth quarter in the Bradley Center that the Hawks really like. After coming from 10 down in the final period to win 103-102 on Feb. 23 in Milwaukee, the Hawks came from five down late today to win. They did so despite three consecutive three-pointers from Monta Ellis, who appeared for a while as if he wouldn’t miss.
– Devin Harris left the game early in the fourth quarter with a sore left foot and did not return. Harris dealt with foot issues earlier this year, and I certainly hope this one doesn’t keep him out for 11 games like the last one did. He has played great for the Hawks lately and scored 16 points today before exiting, including a game-high 13 in the first half.
– Harris’ injury brought upon an opportunity for Shelvin Mack to play meaningful minutes for the first time in 11 days. Mack held his own with two points, two assists and no turnovers in 4+ fourth quarter minutes.
– Al Horford’s terrific play continues. He was an efficient 10-16 from the field, scoring 24 and hit the two biggest free throws of the afternoon to put the Hawks up three with 20 seconds left and force Milwaukee into a three-point shot. He also had seven rebounds and six assists.
– Anthony Tolliver also didn’t see action until the second half but hit a huge three and came up with a monster offensive rebound after Dahntay Jones missed a late free throw.
– Josh Smith finished 9-17 from the field, scoring 23 points. He added nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.
– Kyle Korver went 3-7 from downtown, extending his consecutive games with a three-pointer streak to 63.
– Larry Drew elected to save DeShawn Stevenson, who can’t play two games of a back-to-back, for tomorrow tonight against the Pacers. That’s a smart decision by Drew, as Indiana has more size at the guard position, while Milwaukee is quicker.
– A few statistical notes: The Hawks were out-rebounded 50-37 but had two more assists (28-26) than the Bucks. Atlanta also shot 50 percent for the game.
This was a great win to start the road trip, and it goes a long way in ensuring they finish in the top seven of the East. They’re now four up in the loss column over the Bucks and own the tiebreaker. It doesn’t get any easier with the Pacers tomorrow, but at least the Hawks will arrive in Indianapolis at a reasonable hour this evening because of the afternoon game today, so we’ll thank the NBA for giving us a few extra hours on this back-to-back.
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