RECAP: Hawks 104, Clippers 93

Bo Churney —  November 25, 2012

FINAL

LAC(8-5) 93 – 104 (8-4) ATL

Key Performers:

Z. Pachulia (ATL) 19 pts, 12 rebs, 3 asts
B. Griffin (LAC): 22 pts, 11 rebs, 7 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

This was easily the best game the Hawks have played all year, which isn’t entirely reflected in the final score. Atlanta outscored LA 64-36 in the middle two frames, fueled mostly by Jeff Teague, Zaza, and, for the third quarter, an efficient (!) Josh Smith. The Hawks are now on a five-game winning streak.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Hardly played in the first half due to a classic “Horford Treatment” case. However, it appears to have worked, as he scored all of his 17 points (on 7-8 shooting) in the 2nd half. And then there was this… 8/10

Al Horford: It’s hard to back up 26/13 in this league, but he could have played better. He let Blake punk him a couple of times early, but Al kept mostly kept Blake out on the perimeter later, where Griffin was still making shots. He still looks timid pulling the trigger on jumpers this year, which I hope gets straightened out sooner rather than later. 5/10

Zaza Pachulia: Zaza missed two free throws late to deny him a 20-10 game, so I’m kind of disappointed in him… (not really) 10/10

Jeff Teague: Friday’s and Saturday’s games are JT’s first back-to-back double-doubles of his career. He had 19 points and 11 assists against the Clippers. However, he also had a couple of nice passes to fellow Wake Forest alum Chris Paul. (and five TOs total) Still, Jeff was aggressive for most of the night, which is usually tons better than the alternative. 8/10

Lou Williams: Was fantasic, scoring 18 on only nine shots. He and Teague made a surprisingly formidable backcourt for several stretches in which the Hawks went on some nice runs. He definitely out-played his 6th-man counterpart (Jamal Crawford) in this one. 8/10

Kyle Korver: He only made two of his seven shots, but he really didn’t hurt the Hawks in this one. We know he’s not an All-NBA defender, but he did surprisingly well this game, where he found himself iso’d against CP3. 4/10

Ivan Johnson: He was on the court for Atlanta’s initial explosion in the 2nd quarter, which was largely helped by his defensive play. He did, however, only achieve success on one of his three charge attempts… 6/10

Anthony Morrow: I love his floater, but I don’t understand why he would only take one three-pointer vs. seven two-pointers. He passed up several threes in order to take 19-footers, which, as we know from Marvin Williams, is extremely pointless and frustrating. 4/10

John Jenkins, Johan Petro, and Mike Scott: They played; they didn’t play well, though. 1/10

Larry Drew: Usually I’m against the Horford Treatment, but you can’t deny that it worked here; Josh came out in the third quarter doing a lot of good things on offense, which is what the Hawks need. I also have to say that his rotational choices were extremely strong, as the Hawks were largely able to exploit holes in the Clippers’ defense with a Teague-Williams backcourt. Overall, a good job. 9/10

The opposition: At the end of an East-coast swing, they looked extremely tired this game. CP3 was really that aggressive, but Blake’s jumper looks extremely improved. (And please, Atlanta fans, stop chanting “overrated” at players; you’re not helping!) I’ll chalk up this one to a tough back-to-back between Brooklyn and Atlanta. 3/10

 

Next: Atlanta vs Charlotte, Wednesday, November 28th
 

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