RECAP: Hawks 92, Bulls 75

Bo Churney —  December 22, 2012

FINAL

CHI(15-11) 75 – 92 (16-9) ATL

Key Performers:

A. Horford (ATL): 20 pts, 10 reb, 2 ast
L. Deng (CHI): 11 pts, 2 reb, 3 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Larry Drew might be on to something with that energy thing. After a more than sluggish first quarter, the Hawks started torching the Bulls, running away with a 36-16 2nd quarter that was sparked with threes and lobs. Lou Williams’ first start since 2010 was a good one, which brings in an interesting question: should Lou stay in the starting lineup?

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Josh picked up after his less than great three-quarter finish in Philly, finishing with 12-5-4, with those four assists including a sweet pass to Lou Williams in the second quarter in the middle of a 25-6 run. Obviously, it wasn’t one of Josh’s better games, but his energy and defense were much improved. 7/10

Al Horford: Al continues his streak of killing Joakim Noah, putting up a 20-10 against his former teammate. Noah also had six turnovers and only one assist, a lot of which was a function of Al, Josh, Korver, and Zaza. His jumper looked a lot smoother in this one and he wasn’t appearing hesitant to take it. Definitely a great game to emerge from the slump that he had been in. 9/10

Kyle Korver: Korver continues his impressive effort, and he killed his former team in the second quarter, putting up three threes in the middle of that killer stretch. What Kyle lacks in one-on-one defense, he makes up for in team defense, as his activity on double-teams his probably more impressive than anyone else on this team. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Teague’s intensity in the first is what kept the Hawks going for that quarter. (which was really awful, by the way; don’t rewatch it) He finished with eight assists and even got some time playing against his little brother. (which, of course, Jeff won) 7/10

Lou Williams: First quarter Lou? This was Lou’s first start since his days with Philly, and he took the challenge well. He finished with 16 points on 12 shots, included a ferocious dunk from Josh that Lou rated as “lite” on his list of career highlights. As I said before the game, Lou is more effective off the ball with the full complement of the offense, as running “iso-Lou” with the 2nd unit just is NOT going to work. 9/10

Zaza Pachulia: Noah was completely frustrated by Zaza when Z was in the game, which rewarded Zaza with three steals. He also had eight rebounds and four assists (POINT ZAZA!), which is about all you can ask for from your second unit center. 8/10

Ivan Johnson: Ivan really didn’t do too much, but he had a reverse lay-in, two jumpers, and took a charge. In other words, a good Ivan night. 6/10

Anthony Tolliver: I’ll give him two points for the two garbage-time rebounds he collected. (Heck, an extra point for the free-throw!) 3/10

John Jenkins: His only highlight was a PUJIT three that clanked off front iron… Not exactly good. 2/10

Anthony Morrow: He always has the same line: six to eight points, a couple of rebounds, and a plus/minus that makes you scratch your head. (he was minus-11 in this one) The team still needs to set him up for more threes. 5/10

Mike Scott: No. 1/10

Larry Drew: The Hawks came out and played well against a good team on the 2nd night of a back-to-back, which has to be largely attributed to him. His decision to put Lou in the starting lineup was a great decision, and the team didn’t let down after getting out to a big halftime lead. Very well done by LD to capture the 100th win of his career. 8/10

The opposition: I’m sure they were coming off the high of beating New York in MSG, but you have to come out better than they did. They definitely gave in after the Hawks got out to the big lead. (pretty damning toward Thibs) Of course, with Rose out, if their starters are doing anything, who are they going to rely on? Taj Gibson? Nate Robinson? 2/10

 

Next: Atlanta vs. Detroit, Wednesday, December 26th

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