RECAP: Hawks 107, 76ers 96

Daniel Christian —  March 7, 2013 — 1 Comment

FINAL

  PHI(23-37) 96 – 107 (34-26)ATL

Key Performers:

J. Teague (ATL): 27 pts, 2 reb, 11 asts
D. Wright (PHI): 20 pts, 9 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]

There’s no better way to bounce back from a three game road losing streak than to come home, play a crappy team, and kick them around for 48 minutes. The Hawks overcame a sluggish start to blitz the 76ers and get back to their winning ways, which was a welcomed change of pace for John Jenkins, who turned 22 on Wednesday– no one wants to lose on their birthday. So happy birthday day, John. You’re lucky you played the 76ers and not the Heat or the Clippers or something.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: He played only 30 minutes, which is less than usual, but he scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, so no one’s complaining. His stat line was marred by the 4 turnovers, 3 of which came early during Atlanta’s putrid start, but he cleaned things up and worked his way into the paint for some buckets. He seemed to be comfortable converting that left-handed hook from the middle of the lane Wednesday night, but while his shooting was passable, his free throw shooting was once again pathetic. 1 of 6 from the stripe is just not going to get it done. 6/10

Al Horford: Another game, another double-double. Horford bossed his way to 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists. He shot 10 of 17 from the field, good for 58%, and continued to connect on those pick-and-pop jumpers. Quite simply, at the moment, Al Horford cannot be stopped. He’s playing like one of the best players in the NBA.  10/10

Devin Harris: Harris arguably had the highlight of the night when he took the Sixer defense on a ride, penetrating the lane and curling out on the other side to hit a forgotten Horford under the hoop for a slam. The pass was beautiful. Other than that, Harris’ game was mediocre. There isn’t much to talk about, really. 6 points on 3 of 8 shooting and 2 assists. 5/10

DeShawn Stevenson: No one knows DeShawn for any sort of offensive prowess, but on Wednesday night he played a very smart game. He made more than a few nice passes and spaced the offense enough for four open three point attempts. He only made one, but that’s besides the point. His impact wasn’t too palpable or anything, but he came on the court and made the right plays. Although having him start likely didn’t help the Hawks’ godawful, scoreless opening 5 minutes. 5/10

Jeff Teague: Aggressive Teague is the best Teague. He broke down Philly’s defense with relative ease and looked like he was partaking in a pre-game layup drill– literally he drove into the paint for three straight uncontested layups at one point; and then Devin Harris got one on the next possession. The Sixers were playing matador defense for sure, but Teague exploited the heck out of it. He shot 10 of 15 from the field and was excellent with Horford in the pick-and-pop. The correlation between those two playing well together and the Hawks winning is definitely a positive one. 10/10

Kyle Korver: The streak continues! Make it 52 consecutive games with a made three-pointer for Korver, whose ability to stretch the defense is unparalleled in this league. He scored 9 points in 33 minutes of play (4 of 7) and made some nice passes, but most noticeably, he had the highest +/- of any player on the court. I’m not one for single game plus minus– I don’t think anyone is, but on Wednesday night it was definitely indicative of Korver’s spatial importance and activity within the Hawks offense. 6/10

Anthony Tolliver: Wednesday night will forever be known as the Anthony Tolliver GOAT game. He scored 21 points, was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc, and 7 of 10 on the whole. He also had 8 rebounds. And he played meaningful minutes, this wasn’t a garbage time scoring barrage. No, Anthony Tolliver dominated a good portion of this game, and it was real. I don’t even know if I was surprised. Nothing makes sense. Unicorns are real.  9/10

John Jenkins: Jenkins played a strong game in his 14 minutes. He was only 2-5 from the field and missed a few open threes, but he was confident in his movements and spaced the floor well. 4/10

Dahntay Jones: He made a nice pass. I saw it. So we’ll say he had a good night because of that. It was a no-looker. 3/10

Mike Scott, Shelvin Mack: Shelvin played his first ever minutes for Atlanta in the closing seconds of Wednesday night’s win. He seems like he could be fun. Mike Scott played only 1 minute as well. INC/10

Larry Drew: The first five minutes of this game were absolutely atrocious from Atlanta. They didn’t score their first basket until there was 7:03 left in the first quarter. Drew promptly called a timeout during the sluggish start and he got Atlanta’s offense rolling. After the opening minutes, Atlanta obliterated the 76ers’ defense. Drew managed the game well, handled the lineups, and did everything just about right. Nothing to complain about here. 10/10

The opposition: Philly’s all-star Jrue Holiday had a terrible night. He was 3-12 from the floor and was dominated by Teague all night. Thaddeus Young was strong and active inside, but none of it really mattered. Their defense just could not stop Atlanta from getting to the paint. And that’s the long and short of it. 3/10

 

Next: Atlanta at Boston, Friday, March 8th

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