RECAP: Hawks 112, Magic 109

Bo Churney —  January 22, 2014

FINAL

ORL(11-32) 109 – 112 (22-19)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 24 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl, 5 blk
V. Oladipo (ORL): 24 pts, 7 reb, 7 ast, 2 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

After big home wins against Houston, Indiana, and Miami, the Hawks finally got something to show on the road against the Magic. The Hawks shot 55.6% in the first half, including a 17-for-24 effort at the rim, but only led Orlando 60-56 at the break. The Hawks then brought out the torches at the beginning of the third quarter, leading by as many as 19. The Magic battled back, however, mostly in the absence of DeMarre Carroll, who left the game due to a hamstring irritation. After taking the lead in the fourth quarter, the Magic relinquished it back to the Hawks after Pero Antic and Jeff Teague combined for six consecutive free throws to close out the game.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: If you didn’t notice the Key Performers, let’s look again at the gaudy line that Millsap put up: 24 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals, and five blocks. Wow. However, after the game, Coach Budenholzer was not talking about Paul’s stat line as much as he was Paul’s leadership, as Bud commended his starting power forward for leading the huddle and motivating the guys when it looked like the Magic might take control of the game. 10/10

Pero Antic: Pero was pretty awful early in the game and it looked like he did not have much confidence in his shot. However, he was huge in the fourth quarter, grabbing a couple of clutch rebounds and going 5-for-6 at the foul line, with the last four makes pushing the Hawks to victory. 6/10

DeMarre Carroll: His injury in this game and his absence in the Brooklyn game made one thing very clear: DeMarre Carroll is extremely important to this team on both sides of the floor. Carroll was plus-18 in just 24 minutes of play, where he scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow, but it appears that his injury is not too serious. 10/10

Jeff Teague: As bad as Teague was last game… yeah, you know the cliche. Jeff finally got his scoring touch back, putting up a nice 23 points on just 14 shots. He was definitely more aggressive with the ball and he was rewarded with eight FTAs for his effort. Only two assists on the night, but he played a lot off the ball with Shelvin in the game. 8.5/10

Kyle Korver: Very nice overall effort from Korver, who put up 12 points, five rebounds, and seven dimes for the game. He also had a clutch block late in the fourth quarter on Jameer Nelson. Oh, and that three-point streak of his was extended to 110 games. 8/10

Elton Brand: Not the best night from Elton. Only 13 minutes, where he had four points and only one rebound. He also committed three fouls in that time frame. 5/10

Mike Scott: Mike only played five minutes in the second half and was part of a bad stretch where the Hawks were minus-10. However, Scott had a strong first half, where he scored 10 points, including this one-handed jam that spawned this tweet:

Hey, why not? 7/10

Shelvin Mack: Shelvin finally came back down to earth a bit… but he still had 10 points and three assists, which is still a solid performance from your backup point. 7/10

Lou Williams: So, Lou did have six assists… but everything else he did was just awful. He was just terrible on defense against Orlando’s bigger guards and his shot wasn’t there. He was a team-worst minus-23 in just 22 minutes. 1/10

Mike Budenhozler: I was sort of surprised that Bud did not resort to James Nunnally at the wing after DeMarre got hurt, as Atlanta’s defense on the perimeter almost cost them the game. Also surprised my Mike Scott’s five minutes of playing time in the second half. The team won, but the rotations in this game left me scratching my head a bit, but that’s not something to get too up in arms about on a one-game basis. 7/10

Opposition: Arron Afflalo should have had a matchup advantage, but he was just awful, only scoring six points on nine shots. Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, and Doron Lamb were much more impressive, as that trio almost led the Magic to a comeback victory. 7/10

Next: Atlanta vs San Antonio, Friday, January 24th

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One response to RECAP: Hawks 112, Magic 109

  1. Great work, as always. I am a bit miffed at Lou at this point. I few weeks back I read something about how he just is not the type of player that can work in Coach Bud’s system, and now it is starting to show. Not saying that I want to trade him, but I’d much rather see more talks about shipping Lou for a pick or a piece than Paul.