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Jeff Teague capped an 18-3 run with a 3-point play with 6:20 to play in the fourth quarter as the Hawks beat the visiting Boston Celtics 121-97. After losing four of five games, the Hawks showed signs of possibly breaking out of their recent slump with a convincing performance.

Paul Millsap matched Avery Bradley with a game-high 25 points while adding nine rebounds and three assists. Millsap (plus-20), Al Horford (plus-25) and Kyle Korver (plus-24) were all plus-20 or better. Aside from Millsap’s offensive outburst, scoring was balanced among the remaining starters as all five scored in double figures. Horford had 11 points with four rebounds and four assists. Korver scored 15 on 3-for-3 shooting from 3-point range with seven rebounds and three assists. Jeff Teague scored 16 points with nine assists and two steals.

Thabo Sefolosha, in his second start for the year, scored a season-high 15 points with seven rebounds and three assists, steals and blocks. He has set season highs in scoring in consecutive games after scoring 13 points in Cleveland on Saturday.

“I thought Thabo came out and set a tone,” said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. “He was active and he was everywhere.” Continue Reading…

The Atlanta Hawks returned to the place their breakout 2014-15 season ended and suffered a similar fate in a 109-97 loss. In front of a sellout Quicken Loans Arena crowd, Kevin Love led the Cavs with 25 points and 11 rebounds and LeBron James added 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Hawks only had one lead and were never really in the game past the opening minutes.

The big story was the ejection of coach Mike Budenholzer after just one technical foul. Coach Bud was giving Ben Taylor some words after Justin Holiday was hit in the face on a drive without a whistle, and he appeared to make contact with the fifth year referee, which would warrant the immediate ejection. After the game, coach Bud stated that he did not immediately realize he bumped Taylor and that the contact was unintentional.

Kenny Atkinson took over the coaching duties from there but there would be no emotional rally from Atlanta.

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Paul Millsap sank a one-handed running shot with 15.7 seconds remaining to put the Hawks up 101-97 and Atlanta (9-5) was able to hang onto the lead against the Sacramento Kings (4-8) in what felt like a must-win game for both teams. Millsap’s 23 points (9-for-19), 16 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks were just enough to stop the bleeding for his shorthanded team, which had lost three straight, in a 103-97 win at Philips Arena.

“Paul really stood out,” said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer during the postgame media availability. “I think our focus, our attention to detail was closer to where we need it to be. It’s good to get a win. I think we obviously needed that.”

Sacramento has been facing issues of their own, evident during several moments of on-court bickering in the third quarter between DeMarcus Cousins (24 points, 12 rebounds), Rudy Gay (14 points, six rebounds) and Rajon Rondo, who recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. The Kings still managed to outscore Atlanta 27-19 during that period and entered the final quarter down only 81-79. Continue Reading…

Thaddeus Young was fouled by Kyle Korver with 1.4 seconds to play and hit a pair of free throws to lift the host Brooklyn Nets to a 90-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks called timeout to advance the ball to half court but were unable to get a shot off on the game’s final play.

Brook Lopez led the Nets, which won only its second game of the season, with 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Young added 11 rebounds and five steals. Jarrett Jack had 14 points and eight assists while Joe Johnson scored 13 points on 14 shots and added seven rebounds and nine assists with no turnovers. Shane Larkin shot 4-for-6 from 3-point range off the bench and scored 14 points with two steals.

As a team, the Nets shot 9-for-20 (45%) from 3-point range compared to 12-for-29 (41%) for the Hawks. Rebounds (44) and assists (22) were even but the Hawks committed 20 turnovers compared to only 11 for the hosts.

Al Horford led the Hawks with 18 points but collected only five rebounds while adding a pair of blocks. Paul Millsap had 17 points and six rebounds but committed five turnovers and was a game-worst minus-16. Dennis Schröder scored eight points with 10 assists while Korver scored 13 with five rebounds.

The Hawks have now lost four of their last five games. The losses have come to teams with a combined 15-20 record. Atlanta returns home tonight for the second of a back-to-back as they host the 4-7 Sacramento Kings.

Paul Millsap missed a baseline 10-footer as the clock expired and the Hawks fell to 8-4 with a 97-96 loss to the Jazz at Philips arena. Millsap contributed a Herculean effort with 28 points, six rebounds and two blocks but fell short of carrying the Hawks to a win.

“Paul got a great look,” said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer after the game. “We’ll take that kind of look any time. The execution down the stretch was good so I think that’s a positive.”

Millsap got two of his points on this dunk off a beautiful, thread-the-needle pass from Kyle Korver. Continue Reading…

Another Hawks comeback fell short as Atlanta rallied from 15 down on the road against the Boston Celtics only to come up short again in a 106-93 loss. Mike Mucala’s free throw drew the Hawks within 86-83 with 6:43 to play before Isaiah Thomas (game highs with 23 points and 10 assists) hit back-to-back 3-pointers to stifle the Atlanta rally.

Kent Bazemore’s 3-footer drew the Hawks within three again (96-93) with three minutes to play but Amir Johnson (19 points, eight rebounds, four assists three steals and three blocks) responded with a layup and added a 15-foot jumper as the Celtics closed on a 10-0 run. Jared Sullinger added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics while Jae Crowder added 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Kelly Olynyk added 15 points, three rebounds and two blocks off the bench.

The Hawks’ starters were outplayed throughout. Al Horford (13 points, six rebounds, eight assists and two blocks) was minus-4 and was the only starter without a double-digit negative plus-minus. The other starters ranged from Jeff Teague’s minus-13 to Kyle Korver’s minus-18. Paul Millsap led the Hawks in points (14) and rebounds (eight) but committed six turnovers. Continue Reading…

After three and a half tightly contested quarters in which neither the Hawks nor the short-handed Pelicans were able to pull away, Mike Muscala assisted Paul Millsap on a cutting layup that began a 6-0 run for Atlanta. Alvin Gentry called a timeout for New Orleans after Jeff Teague’s driving floater with 5:10 left to play. But the 93-85 cushion was enough for the Hawks to withstand Eric Gordon’s heroics as they improved to 8-2 with the 106-98 victory at Philips Arena.

Atlanta got off to a slow start, something that has been an unsettling trend in this young season. The injury-plagued Pelicans (who have already been without Norris Cole, Tyreke Evans, and Quincy Pondexter all season) entered tonight’s game without Anthony Davis after he bruised his hip the night before against Dallas. They were still able to outplay the Hawks for most of the half. There were eight lead changes and seven ties in the first quarter and New Orleans went up 26-24 on a goal-tending call against Thabo Sefolosha (Ish Smith was credited with the basket). Atlanta wouldn’t take the lead again until midway through the third quarter.

The Pelicans’ 56-47 advantage at halftime was largely due to outstanding shooting from behind the arc. Three of their starters were 2-for-3 (Luke Babbitt, Gordon and Smith; Ryan Anderson made two of his four attempts) and the team as a whole shot 61% (11-for-18). Al Horford kept the Hawks in the game with 20 first-half points and Millsap had 9 rebounds during that span. Coach Bud made a point of addressing his team’s inability to match the Pelicans’ early intensity during his postgame press conference:

A lot of credit [goes] to New Orleans coming in on a back-to-back without Anthony Davis and all the injuries they’re dealing with. They had us definitely on our heels. I think we’ve got to play a lot better coming out to start games and not put ourselves in that kind of hole.

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The Hawks erased a 34 point deficit to take a 107-106 lead over the Timberwolves with 3:33 to play on a Paul Millsap driving layup, but failed to score again in Monday night’s 117-107 loss at Philips Arena. Andrew Wiggins scored seven straight (on a career-high tying 33 point night) and Minnesota ended the game on an 11-0 run, dashing Atlanta’s hopes of pulling off the third-largest comeback in NBA history. The Hawks dropped to 7-2 and fell to second in the Eastern Conference behind the 6-1 Cavaliers, while Minnesota improved to 4-2.

The first half was about as ugly as it gets, with Tiago Splitter’s minus-3 a team best. Minnesota absolutely dismantled Atlanta’s defense, shooting 64% from the field (50% on 3-pointers) and doubling the Hawks’ 11 boards. The Timberwolves outscored Atlanta in the paint 36-20, 10-0 on second chance points and 21-2 on fast break points and the Hawks went to the locker room down 72-42.

Coach Mike Budenholzer let the starters begin the third quarter in hopes of chipping away at the 30 point deficit. Asked if he gave a big speech at halftime, Coach Bud said he simply made the decision to give the starting unit an opportunity to make a game of it in the third quarter.

“I told the guys lets give it five or eight minutes,” said Budenholzer. “Let’s see what happens. Different things happen in our league.” Continue Reading…

Kent Bazemore scored a career-high 25 points, pushing the Atlanta Hawks to their seventh straight win over the Washington Wizards 114-99 at Philips Arena. His catch-and-shoot three with 3:35 to play against Bradley Beal’s late defense put the Hawks up 103-94.

“Its good to see the ball to go in because maybe eight to 10 months ago that may not have been the case,” said a smiling Bazemore in the postgame locker room.

The confidence the team has in Bazemore and he has in himself is obvious as Kent is now shooting 50% from three, placing him at fifth in the league for 3-point percentage. Coach Mike Budenholzer credits both the team’s playmaking and Bazemore’s ability to attack the rim, which keeps defenses guessing.

“I think he’s getting a lot of good rhythm shots, he’s getting a lot of opportunities,” said Budenholzer during the postgame media availability. “Hopefully we’re creating a lot of pressure on the paint, creating a lot of pressure on the rim. And he can do that too. I think the great thing is, obviously he’s making shots but he can attack and break the defense down and finish also. Obviously he had a very good game.” Continue Reading…

After the Hawks surrendered a 17 point lead late in the fourth quarter, Kyle Korver hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:28 to play to help Atlanta (6-1) to a 121-115 win over the Pelicans in New Orleans, the team’s sixth straight victory. Korver followed up his three with a steal of Jrue Holiday’s bad pass, which led to a Jeff Teague layup and a 113-108 Hawks lead. The Pelicans tumbled to 0-5 despite a monstrous performance from Anthony Davis, who scored 43-point with 10 rebounds, three assists, four steals, three blocks and only a single turnover.

Korver entered the game shooting just 5-for-20 (25%) from 3-point range for the season. After matching Paul Millsap’s team-high 22 points on 8-for-8 shooting, including 4-for-4 from three, Korver lifted his 3-point shooting to 37.5%. Korver added seven rebounds, five assists (including this lovely dish to Justin Holiday for a second-quarter dunk), three steals, a block and zero turnovers with a game-high plus-16. Millsap added a game-high 12 rebounds and the Hawks moved into first place in the Eastern Conference after the Raptors fell to the Orlando Magic.

Teague scored 19 points with seven assists. Al Horford (shown here slamming home a bucket off a Dennis Schröder dime) added 14 points with four rebounds and two blocks. Kent Bazemore added 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals as all five Hawks starters scored in double figures. Continue Reading…