RECAP: Hawks 88, Mavs 87

Bo Churney —  November 30, 2013

FINAL

DAL(10-7) 87 – 88 (9-8) ATL

Key Performers:
J. Teague (ATL): 25 pts, 1 reb, 6 ast
S. Marion (DAL): 15 pts, 12 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks were down by as many as 17 in the third quarter and appeared to be heading for their fourth consecutive loss. However, in the fourth quarter, Jeff Teague led the offense, and Al Horford and Paul Millsap anchored the defense to allow the Hawks back in the game. With 1:16 left, Millsap hit a three to bring the Maverick lead down to 87-86, and Horford hit a 19′ jumper with 4.2 seconds left to secure the Hawks a win. The Mavericks did lose Jose Calderon in this game, which surely affected it, but Monta Ellis will likely be left kicking himself after this one, as his seven turnovers are a big stat that jumps out to where the Mavericks could have won.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Four turnovers in the fourth quarter from Al nearly kept the Hawks from coming back. Of course, Horford did hit the game-winner, which helps redeem his six total turnovers on the game. As stated in the opener, Horford’s activity on defense is what helped the Hawks limit the Mavs to 3-for-19 shooting in the fourth quarter. In total, Horford had 17 points, 12 rebounds, and two assists for the game. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff had his fourth 20-point game of the season with a 25 point effort tonight. 15 of those points came in the second half, as Teague got to the free throw line a total of 11 times in the 24 minutes span. Teague wasn’t a defensive negative in the second half, but he was in the first, as his going under of screens on Jose Calderon allowed Calderon to open up with 4-for-5 shooting from behind the arc. Other than that, good game from Teague, who was a team-high plus-11 on the night. 8/10

Paul Millsap: Good all-around night from Millsap, who had four assists and six rebounds to go with his 15 points. His defense was solid on Dirk when he was forced to guard the German in one-on-one situations. On his clutch three-point with a minute to go: “Jeff threw me the ball, I just felt it and shot it. othing spectacular, I just threw it up to the basket and it went in for me. It was early in the shot clock, I better have made it.” 8/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre just fell short of his second career double-double, only scoring nine points (which were all in the third quarter) to go with his ten rebounds. He was as active as always, going hard at the basket to on cuts and rebound opportunities. His jumper still annoys me sometimes, but eh, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. 6.5/10

Lou Williams: Restrictions on playing time are coming off one-by-one for Lou. In his first start in his return, he played 25 minutes and scored 12 points to go with two rebounds and two assists. He had a very nice floater in the third quarter and is showing some more will to venture into the lane on offense. 7/10

NO BENCH GRADES

 

Next: Atlanta @ Washington, Saturday, November 30th

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