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The Atlanta Hawks (30-23) fell to the Orlando Magic (22-28) behind yet another buzzer beater. It was their tenth in a row in this situation, per Jaryd Wilson of the Atlanta Hawks. The last second shot from Nikola Vucevic quelled a furious comeback attempt for the Hawks in a game in which the team was fighting uphill almost the entire way.

The Magic came in reeling, having lost 15 of their last 17 games and 11 of their last 12. The Hawks were riding high off of three straight victories and have chance to go into the All-Star break with some confidence.

Tobias Harris and C.J. Watson sat out with a mild ankle sprain and a sore calf respectively. On the other side, Tiago Splitter missed his fourth straight game with a hip injury for the Hawks and has been ruled out until after the All-Star break. It left the team with one less big body to bang with Vucevic, the talented big man from Montenegro. As a result, Nikola finished with 22 points and eight rebounds to go along with the victory.

Jeff Teague powered the Hawks behind 24 big points on 17 shots in 34 minutes with five assists to boot. Kent Bazemore came alive late with 23 points and eight rebounds. Atlanta had to lean on its long range shooting, as the team shot a paltry 22-of-63 (34.9%) from two point land compared to 13-of-28 (46.4%) from beyond the arc.

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Hawks Dominate 76ers 124-86

 —  February 4, 2016 — Leave a comment

Atlanta stormed out to a 27-17 first quarter lead in Philadelphia and won every subsequent quarter by at least six points as the Hawks beat the 76ers 124-86 at Wells Fargo Center. Three starters scored in double figures and five players off Atlanta’s bench scored 12 or more in an incredibly-balanced scoring attack.

Kent Bazemore led the starters with 12 points and added three rebounds. Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague scored 10 each, Millsap with four rebounds and three assists and Teague with three rebounds, assists and steals. Mike Scott and Tim Hardaway Jr. shared the team scoring lead off the bench with 13. Hardaway added seven rebounds and four assists while Scott recorded a game-high nine rebounds. The remaining double-digit scorers for the Hawks were Dennis Schröder, Thabo Sefolosha and Mike Muscala who each scored 12. Sefolosha was a game-high plus-27 while adding six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Schröder added five rebounds and two assists.

With the win, the Hawks (29-22) climbed back into third in the East. The 76ers (7-42) were led by 17 points from Nick Stauskas, who added four rebounds. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor rounded out the double-digit scorers for Philadelphia’s starting unit with 10 each. Noel added seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Okafor had five rebounds and three assists. Isaiah Canaan added 11 points off the bench.

The Hawks return home to face the Indiana Pacers with an earlier-than-usual tip off time of 7 PM EST. The 76ers travel to face the Washington Wizards Friday. It was only the second double-digit scoring game since coming to the Hawks for Hardaway, who has averaged just under 11 points per game over the last three contests.

Paul Millsap scored his 10,000th career point and finished with 21 points, six rebounds, three assist as Atlanta defeated the Brooklyn Nets 114-86.  Dennis Schroder recorded his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 assist leading the bench that outscored Brooklyn’s 53-31. Thaddeus Young was Brooklyn’s leading scorer with 18 points shooting 8-12 from the field. On the second game of a back to back it is important to spread out minutes and Coach Budenholzer was able to do so in a winning effort.

“Good effort by our group. I think a lot of guys played well. The bench was really good for us, said Coach Budenholzer. The first half was a little bit back and forth. We got some cushion. They threw a punch to start the third quarter. It was good to see us take that and extend the lead. A lot of different guys played well. A little different combinations tonight, so it was good to see different guys in a little bit different situations play well”

Atlanta shot the ball well in the first half, shooting 50% in the first quarter and 60% in the second quarter. Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 10 points apiece, while Georgia Tech’s Thaddeus Young led Brooklyn with 14 followed by Wayne Ellington with nine. Once Thabo Sefolosha, Dennis Schroder and the rest of the bench were inserted into the game late in the first quarter and to start the second, the defense picked up and the Hawks were able to pull away to a 44-32 lead with 7:12 remaining in the 2nd quarter. However, a couple fouls by Atlanta, threes from Joe Johnson and Brooklyn were able to cut the lead to just seven as the half ended. Continue Reading…

The Atlanta Hawks won their second straight game, defeating the Chicago Bulls 120-105 and ending the Bulls’ 6-game win streak. Al Horford did it all in this one, recording his 10th double-double of the season and finishing with a season-high 33 points and adding 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and four blocked shots.

The Hawks never trailed throughout the game as they seemed to have an answer whenever Chicago made a run. The Hawks’ biggest lead was 19 as they focused on using speed to disrupt the flow of the Bulls’ up-tempo offense. The ball moved well, resulting in six players scoring in double digits and totaling 33 assists as a team.

Horford talked about how the team wanted to get off to a good start, especially against a top-tier Eastern Conference team.

“We understand this was a good measuring stick game for us,” said Horford. “They’re a really good team. They just won six straight. We knew we needed to come out and the effort needed to be there. We’ve been playing hard but we needed to play harder. We put an emphasis on that and, from the beginning of the game, we did it. They’re a good team. They kept making runs at us, but we were able to hold them off.” Continue Reading…

Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 38 points as New York downed the visiting Hawks 111-97. Sunday’s victory was the Knicks’ first in three tries against Atlanta this season.

Afflalo -who is averaging 12.7 points on the year- finished seven-of-eight from three and 14-of-17 overall. Meanwhile, New York won for just the second time in the team’s previous seven outings.

The Knicks stormed out to an 11-2 lead, largely due to the impressive play of Jose Calderon -seven of Calderon’s nine points came in the opening stanza. However, Atlanta would finish the quarter on a 19-10 run to enter the second trailing 22-21.

New York would pound the glass to put Atlanta down by ten entering halftime. For the half, Atlanta was out rebounded by a wide 26-to-10 margin. The Knicks also shot 52.4 percent from the floor, while Atlanta struggled with a 40.5 percent clip. Continue Reading…

Al Horford scored a season-high 30 points as Atlanta defeated Houston 121-115 for the team’s seventh win in eight games. The Hawks have now won four straight against Houston.

Four Atlanta starters scored 20-plus points, however the Hawks found themselves in rocky waters early. Houston went on a 15-0 run, led by James Harden’s nine, to take a commanding 41-25 lead into the second quarter.

Though trailing most of the contest, the Hawks exhibited a wellspring of resilience in the later stages of play. Behind 71-56 at the half, Atlanta went on a 23-11 run -sparked by Horford’s early seven- to gridlock the score at 82 with 4:30 remaining in the penultimate period of play. Unfazed, the Rockets would respond with a 10-3 run to enter the final stanza ahead 92-85.

The Hawks would hang tough in the fourth to make a dog-fight of matters midway through the final 12. Atlanta would employ the intentional foul strategy to Houston’s Clint Capela (43 percent free-throw) and Dwight Howard (50 percent) to stymie the Rockets’ offensive flow and eventually spark a 9-0 run late to prevail 121-115. Continue Reading…

Monta Eliis scored a season-high 26 as the home-standing Indiana Pacers snapped the Atlanta Hawks’ winning streak at six games. Atlanta turned the ball over 20 times en route to dropping a 93-87 loss to Indiana.

On an off-night for Paul George, the Pacers rode the hot hand of Solomon Hill down the stretch to hold off a late surge by Atlanta. The Hawks’ last stand came when game officials determined Paul Millsap’s missed free-throw went out of bounds off Indiana with 1:05 remaining. Down three, this set the stage for Atlanta to potentially tie the game in the waning moments of regulation. However, Jeff Teague’s sixth, and most costly turnover of the night, came as Ian Mahinimi provided the Pacers with a clutch steal to seal the game in the home team’s favor.

In addition to his game-saving heroics, Mahinmi added 13 points and nine rebounds. Chase Budinger notched four of his 10 points in the fourth to join Solomon Hill and Ellis in twin-figures.

The Indiana bench outscored the Hawks’ 35-25 on the evening. Continue Reading…

On a night featuring divergent streaks, the Atlanta Hawks won their fourth in a row, while handing Portland a fourth consecutive loss, 106-97 at Philips Arena.

Dennis Scroder may be short a tooth, but he still led Atlanta in scoring with 18. The third-year guard’s tooth was jarred loose on Monday night. Schroder’s response? Sock it. Joining Dennis in double-figures for the 18-12 Hawks were Thabo Sefolosha (13 points), Jeff Teague (13), Mike Scott (13), Paul Millsap (12) and Kent  Bazemore (12).

New acquisition Tiago Splitter, who noted his satisfaction in being reunited with Coach Budenholzer pre-game, added an efficient eight points and two steals.

Portland was led in scoring by Allen Crabbe (19) and Maurice Harkless (14). Though the Trail Blazers out rebounded the Hawks 50-31, Atlanta limited Portland to just 5-of-24 Shooting from 3-point territory. Continue Reading…

Currently riding a three-game winning streak, the Atlanta Hawks rallied late to defeat the Orlando Magic 103-100. With the win, Atlanta moved to within a half game of second place Indiana in the ridiculously log-jammed Eastern Conference standings.

Kyle Korver was the hero on the evening. The 2015 All-Star shook off a slow start to knock down four crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. However, none were bigger than the go-ahead three Korver made with 43 seconds remaining. The 12th-year man finished with a team-high 19 points, while shooting six-for-eight from beyond the arc.

Kyle was joined in twin-figures by Al Horford (14 points), Jeff Teague (14), Paul Millsap (13), Kent Bazemore (13) and reserve Mike Scott (15). Scott provided Atlanta with a huge lift off the bench, pouring in all of his points in 17 efficient minutes of play. Continue Reading…

On a night in which the Atlanta Hawks asserted themselves in the fourth quarter for a 109-101 victory over Boston, HawksHoop will critique each Atlanta player’s all-around performance.

For Hawks fans, the final twelve minutes of Friday’s evenly-matched meeting was a beautiful thing. The Hawks entered the final frame trailing by two but exited winners by eight.

As a collective unit, Atlanta performed well defensively. The Hawks’ stifling and sticky perimeter defense forced the Celtics into a season-high 21 turnovers. Three Hawks registered two or more steals in the victorious outing. Continue Reading…