RECAP: Hawks 98, Heat 85

Bo Churney —  April 12, 2014

FINAL

MIA(54-26) 85 – 98 (37-43)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Teague (ATL): 25 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast, 4 stl
L. James (MIA): 27 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks won their third straight game, with this victory over the Heat clinching the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The win is thanks to Jeff Teague, who was extremely aggressive in attacking the basket nearly the whole night. He wasn’t really attacking in the fourth quarter, but that’s because Lou “Chicken Man” Williams was cooking up something extra crispy. Williams had 23 points on the night, 18 of which were scored in the game’s final period. Lou actually completely closed the game for the Hawks, scoring the team’s final 12 points after the 2:54 mark to thwart any chance of a Miami comeback.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Millsap was rather quiet on the night, only putting up 11 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, which broke his streak of seven consecutive double-doubles. One thing of concern: Millsap appeared to twist his ankle in the fourth quarter, but he remained in the game. It will be interesting to see if the Hawks decide to rest him over the final two games. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Teague was attacking the basket with AUTHORITY on several occasions, putting up a couple of highlight and-one finishes that got the Hawks contingent of the crowd to make some noise. “He always sets the tone when get gets out there and is aggressive and he pushes the tempo,” said Paul Millsap of his starting point guard. “He attack and he attacks. It’s good for us. It’s what we need from him.” So… how about some of that same aggressive stuff in the playoffs, Jeffrey? 9.5/10

Elton Brand: With Pero Antic sitting out, Elton Brand had to start for a second consecutive game. He played 27 minutes and made his defensive presence known when he had a highlight reel block on a LeBron James layup attempt in the first quarter. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: LeBron turned it up a bit at the end of the game, but for most of the game, DeMarre played great defense on the league’s best player. DeMarre made LeBron work for each and every bucket when he was on the floor. On offense, DeMarre had five turnovers, but he also hit three 3-pointers and was an overall plus on that end, too. 9/10

Kyle Korver: Really quiet night from Korver; only four points and three rebounds. Wade was scoring early, but that was more a factor of Wade hitting jumpers than of poor defensive play by Korver. 3/10

Lou Williams: Here’s a couple of stats for you: since being benched for seven games in March, Lou Williams has played 12 games, is averaging 11.8 points and three assists in those games, and is doing it on 64.5% true-shooting. That is really good and his play in the fourth quarter tonight could be the deciding factor in a playoff game… you know, before the Hawks eventually lose to Miami/Indiana in the first round. 10/10

Shelvin Mack: He was 0-for-6 from the floor, but he was passing well and ended up with four assists and five rebounds. 3/10

Mike Scott: Mike had a couple of “wait, what?” plays on offense, but he actually had a really huge night. He played 33 minutes, which allowed Elton Brand to get some critical rest during this game. Overall, Mike had 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals. 7/10

Cartier Martin: Cartier only played for five minutes, but his impact in those five minutes was enormous. He didn’t take a shot at all, but he played some good defense on LeBron and Wade after DeMarre checked out for a few minutes to keep him out of foul trouble. LeBron tried going directly at Cartier at the end of the third quarter and Cartier was able to hold his own and help keep the Hawks’ lead safe. 7/10

Coach Budenholzer: The team looked really energized tonight, forcing 20 turnovers from Miami. Congrat to Coach Bud on making the playoffs in his first season as a head coach. 8/10

The opposition: LeBron and Wade played well… everyone else? Yeah, not so much. 5/10

 

Next: Atlanta vs Charlotte, Monday, April 14th

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