RECAP: Hawks 118, Bobcats 116

Bo Churney —  December 29, 2013


CHA(14-16) 116 – 118 (17-13) ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 33 pts, 13 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk
A. Jefferson (CHA): 24 pts, 23 reb

In their first game without Horford, it looked like the Hawks were going to fall short. The offense was starting to go no where and the defense was easily allowing buckets at the rim.

But then things got going late in the third quarter. The Hawks took a couple of three-pointers from Teague and Lou Williams to keep things close after the third, then relied on the same three-point antics in the fourth quarter. Speaking of antics…

Pero Antic hit a game-tying, one-legged three to send the game into overtime, which was the Hawks’ third consecutive game with extra periods. In the OT, the Hawks got 10 points from Lou Williams, all at the foul line, to close the deal.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Millsap was an absolutely monster on the night, scoring 33 points — 12 of which came off of appearances at the foul line — and grabbing 13 rebounds. Millsap did a lot of his damage against his former teammate Al Jefferson, as the two were engaged in battle for the entirety of the game. Jefferson did have the 20-20 game to his credit, but Millsap and co. got the victory. 9.5/10

Jeff Teague: Usually a 20 points, nine assist efforts sticks out at you; not really from the Jeff Teague game. He was quietly efficient, distributed the ball well, and he hit a couple of key shots in the second half to keep the Hawks within striking distance. He played well, just seemed really under the radar the whole time. 9/10

Elton Brand: Elton got the start tonight with Horford’s injury, but I don’t know who much we can expect that in the future. He didn’t do a bad job and was effective on Jefferson when he was in, but he also fouled a lot, which was a limit on his playing time. By the end of the game, the Hawks had gone small and were playing Millsap defensively at center. 6/10

DeMarre Carroll: Not much of a night from DeMarre, but his presence was valuable. He only played 20 minutes, but at least it left the Hawks with a serviceable wing rotation. Like Elton, DeMarre found himself out of the rotation by the end of the game in favor of a smaller lineup. 4.5/10

Kyle Korver: Prop to Anthony Tolliver, who is on the Bobcats now, for keeping Korver under lock-and-key for the majority of the game. Korver was still able to get up a couple of threes and extend his streak to 99 games, but Tolliver forced him into a 3-for-11 shooting night and really defended Korver about as well as anyone I’ve seen since Kyle joined the Hawks last season. 7/10

Shelvin Mack: This game was another case of “Shelvin’s not making shots, but he’s distributing well off the bench.” Five assists, one turnover for Shelvin, as he kept the Hawks’ offense moving when Teague was on the bench. 6/10

Lou Williams: South Gwinnett’s very own had 28 points on the night, which is a little inflated thanks to fouling in the overtime period. That said, Lou, like Teague, hit several key three-pointers late in the game to keep the Hawks’ offense working. Coach Budenholzer also was able to work in a Teague-Mack-Williams lineup against, which may seem too small, but has really intrigued me so far this season in how it has worked. 8.5/10

Pero Antic: I’m pretty sure the signing of Pero was worth it just for this game. Of course, Pero hit that amazing shot to send the game into overtime, but he also had an amazing passing display (seven assists) tht really surprised me. I guess there is a valid reason why he has been the Hawks’ inbounder in late game situations this season. 7/10

Mike Scott: 18 points off the bench for Mike Scott. I know you’ve heard me say this before, but he also hit some key threes late in the game. (The Hawks had 10 threes in the second half) Strong game off of the bench from Mike, who has easily become the star of the Hawks’ 2012 draft class. 8/10

Gustavo Ayon: Four minutes. Meh. INC/10

Coach Budenholzer: I’m not sure what Budenholzer will do if the Orlando game goes into overtime, but like Larry Drew late in his tenure, Coach Bud has proven to be a solid play-caller. Yes, the Antic three-pointer was not in the playbook, but just seeing how Bud manages late-game situations has to make Hawks fans feel comfortable. 9/10

The opposition: Jefferson and Henderson looked really good, as they took advantage of their size in the post. Kemba Walker, however, had a lot of screw ups. On top shooting 4-20 from the field, he also blew a chance late in the game for the Bobcats, where he called an iso for himself instead of feeding Jefferson in the post as he had a mismatch. It’s hard to fault one player for a loss, but Kemba really did his best here to do that. 8/10


Next: Atlanta at Orlando, Sunday, December 29th

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