RECAP: Hornets 111, Hawks 100

Raj Prashad —  February 9, 2013


NOH (17-33) 111 – 100 (27-22) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 23 pts, 6 reb, 8 asts, 2 stl, 2 blk
G. Vasquez (NO): 21 pts, 11 reb, 12 ast

Friday night’s loss was a tough one to swallow just days after a big win over the Memphis Grizzlies. A 16-point third quarter doomed Atlanta as the Hawks came out flat after taking a one-point lead into the half. Grevis Vasquez notched his first career triple-double, Ryan Anderson dominated the fourth quarter and the Hornets ran away with one on the road.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: It was another strong night for the forward, as he really dominated against Anthony Davis, but struggled defending the perimeter-shooting Ryan Anderson. Smith had a team-high 23 points and was on the verge of a triple-double with eight assists and six rebounds, but he gave up the biggest three of the night to Anderson that helped the Hornets pull away for good. 8/10

Al Horford: In what has been pretty much the norm this season, Horford struggled battling with a stronger, bigger center. Robin Lopez made Horford work for most of the night, disallowing anything to go through the forward/center. Horford finished with 12 points and six rebounds, but through three quarters, he had just two points and three rebounds. By the time he got his rhythm going, it was simply too little, too late for Atlanta. 7/10

Anthony Tolliver: Before the game, LD said coming into training camp Atlanta’s favorite lineup involved Tolliver with the core of Teague. Korver, Smith and Horford. After a strong outing against Memphis, Tolliver returned to the starting lineup against New Orleans and had another solid night. He had five points and five rebounds, but really attacked the glass on each end and was very active on the defensive end. 6/10

Kyle Korver: Not much more you can ask of Kyle than his 17-point, five-rebound, five-assist night. He played great defense on a much quicker Eric Gordon, only allowing him to score three times in man-to-man defense. Korver also broke the Hawks’ franchise record for consecutive 3-pointers made in a season, with 43-straight games. 8.5/10

Jeff Teague: Teague’s 21 points and nine assists will get rightfully looked over due to his six turnovers and struggling defense on New Orleans’ Grevis Vasquez. The point guard was lazy with the ball, sending it over player’s heads or into the defense. On the defensive end, Teague simply couldn’t fight through screens. SIx of Vasquez’s seven makes came from being freed up by either running through baseline screens or by running pick-and-roll with a big.  6/10

Zaza Pachulia: Welcome back Zaza! Pachulia looked refreshed in his return to the lineup and played a pretty decent game in his return from a sore achilles. He also had this coast-to-coast dunk midway through the second. 6/10

John Jenkins: Jenkins is really starting to come around. He’s coming off another solid outing and is looking more and more like the solid shooter the Hawks expected when drafting him. 7/10

Ivan Johnson: Just 11 minutes for Ivan and he was the only Atlanta player to have a positive plus/minus. He notched six points, four rebounds, one assists, one steal and one block. Thinking maybe he should have seen more minutes, especially with the way Horford struggled throughout the night. 8/10

Devin Harris: For the night, Drew shortened the bench and went with Harris over Jannero Pargo (DNP-Coach’s Decision). Harris couldn’t find his stroke and looked uncomfortable moving without the ball and on defense over the evening. 5/10

Larry Drew: With Lou Williams out, the Hawks are continuing their slide toward the All-Star break. Drew can’t find a comfortable lineup. He mentioned post game that this team still can’t find their focus and third quarters are becoming more and more worrisome. With his team banged up, Drew can really only do so much to get his team ready to play, which they don’t seem to be right now. 6/10

The opposition: Vasquez took over the game from the tip, Gordon had a team-high 27 points and Anderson closed the night in a big win for New Orleans. It was really more about Atlanta taking the foot off the gas, but you have to give it to the Hornets, who took advantage of every opportunity Friday night. 7/10


Next: Atlanta at Dallas, Monday, February 11th

Raj Prashad

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4 responses to RECAP: Hornets 111, Hawks 100

  1. Ken Berger with described the key play of the game thusly:

    “[Ryan] Anderson sank a 3-pointer that caught the front of the rim, bounced high off the backboard and fell through. Anderson pumped his right fist as he headed the other way; the Hawks never got closer than five the rest of the way.”

    I don’t know if I give Shawty Max an 8/10 on a night when he repeatedly left Anderson wide open and the Hawks lost to the worst team in the West.

    • Of Anderson’s 7 makes

      1- Stepback jumper with Smoove all over him (19-20, Hawks)
      2- Horford gets lost on a switch, Anderson trey (23-20, Hornets)
      3- 3 after Ivan Johnson helped on Robin Lopez in the middle (73-68, Hornets)
      4- 3 after Ivan went under on a pick (82-71, Hornets)
      5- Tip-in over Smoove (91-78, Hornets)
      6- Anderson great post move over Horford with a bank shot off the glass (94-89, Hornets)
      7- Robin Lopez leaks to the paint on pick-and-roll, Smoove tries to help, which leaves a curling Anderson wide open at the top of the key. (101-94, Hornets) Here’s video of that play

      All-in-all, he didn’t do a terrible job on Anderson (which I thought he did as well, but he did give up the biggest points of the night). Other than that play, I thought Smoover played really well and was in control of the system. Didn’t take alot of bad shots, was passing well and played decent defense.

  2. Raj, are you using Synergy for the play by play?