RECAP: Hawks 121, Heat 114

Bo Churney —  January 20, 2014


MIA(29-12) 114 – 121 (21-19)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 26 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast
L. James (MIA): 30 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast

The Hawks broke their nine game losing streak against the Heat on Monday, defeating Miami 121-114. The Hawks were bolstered by strong bench play, as the quartet of Elton Brand, Mike Scott, Lou Williams, and Shelvin Mack combined for 45 points and 14 assists. Mack’s play was especially strong, as he eventually replaced an ineffective Jeff Teague and ran the Hawks’s offense for most of the second half.

The credit for the Hawks win may lie with Atlanta’s improved defensive effort after the 71-70 lightning storm of a first half. “Two 22-point quarters,” said Coach Budenholzer about his team’s defensive effort, “is a real positive for our group, to be able to find a way to get some stops against a very talent, well-coached team.” The Hawks forced 12 turnovers in the half and limited the Heat to 4-for-16 three-point shooting, which is a large change from five turnovers and 11-for-17 three-point shooting in the first half.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: Millsap continues to play well against the Miami Heat. In this game, Millsap had 26 points, seven rebounds, and four dimes. Much of his work came down low, where he was awarded with 11 free throws, of which he made 10. Eventually, his effort in the paint caused Miami to direct more attention to the ATL big man, something that resulted in Kyle Korver getting open for the dagger three-pointer in the fourth quarter. 9.5/10

Pero Antic: Foul trouble limited Pero’s minutes, but he played fantastic offensively. He started out strong, scoring 10 of the team’s first 15 points. He finished with 17 points overall, which is a career-high. However, he struggled defensively, as Chris Bosh presented a very unique challenge for the Macedonian center. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: LeBron may have scored 30 points, but it was a pretty great overall game from DeMarre; LeBron had a couple of makes that were not DeMarre’s fault. Possibly the key in the ATL victory from the Junkyard Dog was that he hit his open looks, going 8-for-13 from the field for 19 points. 8/10

Jeff Teague: This might be the worst game of basketball we’ve seen from Jeff Teague this year. He was just 1-for-7 from the field — but with six assists — before he was benched in favor of Shelvin Mack in the second half. The Hawks really need Teague to find his shot if they want to be as successful as possible. 2/10

Kyle Korver: The Heat gave a lot of attention to Korver in this game and it opened up the floor a lot for the Hawks. Korver ended up with six assists, and the team had a plus-15 rating when he was on the floor. He also extended his three-point streak to 109 games. 8/10

Elton Brand: Elton played 20 minutes, which is usually a good sign in terms of the outcome for Atlanta. Like much of the Hawks’ frontcourt, Brand battled with some foul trouble, but still managed to put up eight points and grab five rebounds. 7.5/10

Mike Scott: Scott had a huge one-handed jam in the first half that pretty much represented what Mike brings off of the bench. He was one of the seven Hawks in double-figures with 12 points, which he complemented with four rebounds and two steals. 8/10

Shelvin Mack: Mack outplayed Teague again and while it’s nice to see Mack playing well… wait, that’s the exact first sentence that Chris wrote to describe Shelvin against Brooklyn. *looks back further* Well, this is becoming a recurring theme in the HawksHoop Recap. Teague is still distributing well, but Shelvin has been able to do that while not being a completely liability in terms of shooting the ball. Today, Shelvin was rewarded with 27 minutes compared to Jeff’s 20. 8.5/10

Lou Williams: This was a very old-fashioned Lou Williams kind of game. Lou had 12 points… on four shots. His six free throws were the second most he’s had in a game this season, which is promising in hoping that he’s fully regaining his form and confidence. He also had five of the team’s 33 assists. 8/10

Mike Budenhozler: Very strong decision by Budenholzer to stick with Shelvin Mack in the fourth quarter. It was the right decision, but it also shows how poorly Jeff Teague has been playing lately. All of that said, the Hawks just beat one of the top teams in the East and did so in a very exciting fashion. 9/10

Opposition: The Heat were playing without Dwyane Wade, and seemed to be fine in the first half with Ray Allen’s fiery performance, but Allen eventually cooled off, leaving the Heat without a strong secondary scorer for the second half to complement’s LeBron’s nice performance. 7.5/10

Next: Atlanta at Orlando, Wednesday, January 22nd

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One response to RECAP: Hawks 121, Heat 114

  1. When the hawks are making jumpsuits they look good. The defense is still terrible and they dont rebound the ball well against bigger teams. Live and die by the three.