RECAP: Hawks 118, Raptors 113

Bo Churney —  March 18, 2014


TOR(37-29) 113 – 118 (31-35)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Teague (ATL): 34 pts, 3 reb, 5 ast, 4 stl
D. DeRozan (TOR): 29 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast

Now that was a close one; from the 5:52 mark in the second quarter until the end of the game, neither team led by more than five points in this overtime thriller. The Hawks used an aggressive night from Jeff Teague to take down the third-seeded Raptors in overtime, giving the Hawks their fifth win in a row. Teague tied a career-high with 34 points, with 15 of those points coming in the fourth quarter and overtime. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry both had great nights for the Raptors, but those two did not get enough help from the rest of their team after halftime to secure the win.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: It seems odd that Millsap recorded his first career triple-double (19 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) and isn’t listed as the key performer for the game; that’s just how good Teague was. A couple of knocks on Millsap, however: he took 16 shots to get those 19 points, and he also bricked the potential game-winner at the end of regulation. I’m really not sure why the team looked for him in the isolation there when this team just isn’t built for iso-ball. 9.5/10

Jeff Teague: When Valanciunas was out of the game, Teague just flat-out attacked the basket like there was no tomorrow. Toronto coach Dwane Casey after the game said, “We blitzed him. We switched it. We tried to do everything. We have to do a better job in that situation.” 10/10

Pero Antic: Pero was 0-for-4 from deep in regulation, but he made a clutch three-pointer at the start of overtime to give the Hawks a 109-106 lead. Outside of that… he really didn’t do much and he really struggled when Valanciunas was playing. 5/10

DeMarre Carroll: Essentially the same thing as Pero about DeMarre: he didn’t do a lot, but he made a couple of timely cuts on offense and had a couple of big offensive rebounds. On defense, he did have a lot of trouble guarding DeRozan, and DeMarre was forced into a bit of foul trouble with how physical he was being. 5/10

Kyle Korver: Rarly will you see Korver go 5-for-14 from the field. He got a lot of open looks, including back-to-back wide-open shots in overtime that he missed. He did have 16 points, but that was from pure volume instead of efficiency. 6/10

Elton Brand: Even Elton’s great defense couldn’t contain Valanciunas, so it’s really convenient for the Hawks that Jonas left with an injury. For the night, Elton did have three offensive rebounds, which is always a good thing for a rebounding starved team like the Hawks. 7/10

Shelvin Mack: Decent night for Shelvin: eight points (all in the first half), four rebounds, and two assists. That first half was essentially all of his playing time, as he wasn’t able to get in too much late in the game with how close it was and how well Teague was playing. 7/10

Dennis Schröder: Five points, three assists, and no turnovers for Dennis in his 13 minutes of play. He also had a very nice steal in transition, but was subsequently hurt (ankle) immediately after the play. He did not return to the game and is prognosis is unknown for Friday’s game against the Pelicans. 7/10

Mike Scott: My biggest memory from Mike Scott in this game was at the beginning of the fourth quarter when he whiffed on a rebound, which was then taken by Steve Novak, who then hit a three from the corner. Mike did have a few new nice plays, but that one play sort of sticks out from where he’s sort of regressed on the boards in his second season. 6/10

Cartier Martin: Cartier had a great second quarter, hitting two threes that helped lift the Hawks into the lead. He also dove into the Gatorade barrels behind the bench on one play and then received a nice applause from the crowd for his effort. 8/10

Coach Budenholzer: Coach Bud got a nice workout on the night with his anger at the officials. It’s actually fun to watch if you haven’t seen it before; upon reacting to the initial call, Budenholzer will then run to his seat and sit down immediately to avoid getting hit with a technical. At least he got a victory for his suffering. 8/10

The opposition: After Valanciunas went out with an injury, the Hawks were just able to outplay Toronto on both ends of the floor. Lowry and DeRozan still had nice games, as did Amir Johnson, but Jonas was the difference and his injury was really the X factor here. 8/10


Next: Atlanta vs New Orleans, Friday, March 21st

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One response to RECAP: Hawks 118, Raptors 113

  1. Hey, I stand by that. For the most part, if you make it Stateside, you’re golden ovearess as well. Being big in the States isn’t like being big in France. If you’ve made a name for yourself in the U.S. in music, that normally translates worldwide, at least in your genre. So, the fact that he’s still local he’s still a small fish. But, if you say he’s made major strides Stateside, I’ll have to take your word for it.