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Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 38 points as New York downed the visiting Hawks 111-97. Sunday’s victory was the Knicks’ first in three tries against Atlanta this season.

Afflalo -who is averaging 12.7 points on the year- finished seven-of-eight from three and 14-of-17 overall. Meanwhile, New York won for just the second time in the team’s previous seven outings.

The Knicks stormed out to an 11-2 lead, largely due to the impressive play of Jose Calderon -seven of Calderon’s nine points came in the opening stanza. However, Atlanta would finish the quarter on a 19-10 run to enter the second trailing 22-21.

New York would pound the glass to put Atlanta down by ten entering halftime. For the half, Atlanta was out rebounded by a wide 26-to-10 margin. The Knicks also shot 52.4 percent from the floor, while Atlanta struggled with a 40.5 percent clip. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Magic 109, Hawks 102

Bo Churney —  December 29, 2013

FINAL

ORL(10-20) 109 – 102 (17-14) ATL

Key Performers:
N. Vucevic (ORL): 16 pts, 14 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl
J. Teague (ATL): 22 pts, 3 reb, 8 ast, 2 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

After playing three straight overtime games and being on the second night of a back-to-back, the Hawks’ legs finally gave out a bit. They were a bit slower and Orlando was able to take advantage with their young core of Afflalo, Vucevic, and Oladipo. The Magic outscored the Hawks 46-26 in the paint and out-assisted the Hawks 30-20, which is one of the few times the Hawks have been beat in that department this season.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Another great night from the line by Millsap (8-for-10), but he wasn’t that good from the field (4-for-14) or from behind the arc (1-for-6). He also had four turnovers. This might be a common theme throughout the recap, but Paul simply looked a bit tired, which after the what’s been thrown at the Hawks this week, that’s not too surprising. 6/10

Jeff Teague: Teague probably had the most consistent night of all the Hawks, posting the solid 22 and 8 line that you see above. His jumper is finally regaining its form and he had some very nice takes to the basket. The only thing that was wrong with Jeff is that he was running pick-and-rolls with Elton Brand and Pero Antic instead of Al Horford. 9/10

Elton Brand: Not much from Elton tonight. He did have seven points on four shots, but he did not protect the rim as well as the Hawks probably needed him to. He played 19 minutes last night and 14 tonight, so tired legs should not have been a huge problem, but they looked a bit like it for the 34 year old. 4/10

Lou Williams: He got the start because of DeMarre Carroll’s injury and Lou had no issue with putting the rock up. 18 points on 16 shots is not the best, and I’m not sure how I feel about Lou taking 11 3-pointers. Sure, he made four, which would be a league-average percentage, but Lou is better when he is attacking and getting to the free-throw line. 6/10

Kyle Korver: Like Tolliver last night, Arron Afflalo did a good job at staying close to Korver wherever he went. Kyle did extend his 3-point streak to 100 games in the second quarter, but he only took five total shots in the game, which is a huge credit to how Orlando was able to play him. 6/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 104, Magic 94

Bo Churney —  November 10, 2013

FINAL

  ORL(3-4) 94 – 104 (3-3)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 18 pts, 11 reb, 4 ast, 4 stls, 2 blk
A. Afflalo (ORL): 21 pts, 3 reb, 7 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks get back to .500 and, hopefully, they just needed a game on their home floor to get things back on track. Even if the Magic aren’t a juggernaut of an opponent, there were a few good things to take out of this game, like the Hawks decisively winning a first quarter. The Hawks also won this game when they went 6-for-19 from three, and they only got to the foul line a total of 17 times. In all, it was a great team victory, which is something we will likely see a lot of this season.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Played very strong defense Vucevic, limiting the Magic center to just seven points and six rebounds. Al also had four blocks on the night, so of which just came out of pure patience of waiting for the right move. On the offensive side, Horford had a great all around night, picking up 15 points and seven dimes on zero turnovers. His scoring probably could have been better (14 shots), but his passing was excellent. 9/10

Paul Millsap: This is Paul’s third straight 10 performance, which I think only Al has done before in the HawksHoop grades. Seriously, Millsap keeps doing everything and is even doing better on defense than I originally thought he would. He’s going to regress eventually, but with the way he looks, that regressions might not be too strong. 10/10

DeMarre Carroll: Weird night from DeMarre. He made all five of his shots and scored 12 points… but then he turned the ball over five times. Considering he’s not handling the ball THAT much, that isn’t very good. One thing to be excited about, though, is that he only took two three-pointers in the game instead of four. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Teague was having a “meh” game scoring… and he still wound up with 19 points, part of which was thanks to the Magic fouling at the end of the game, but still impressive nonetheless. His running of the offense in this game was great, as he was passing at the right times in the pick-and-roll/pop to Al and Paul. Teague is second in the league in APG after his 13 dimes in this game. 9/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle keeps putting up numbers in the non-shooting categories, which really makes me want to go around to people and say, “I told you he can do more than just shoot.” Of course, he’s a great shooter, but he can do other things, and I think that was evidenced in his 14 point, eight rebound, five assist performance. Oh, and he extended his three-point streak to 79 games. 8/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 86, Magic 80

Bo Churney —  December 12, 2012

FINAL

ORL(8-13) 80 – 86 (13-6) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 16 pts, 11 rebs, 3 asts, 5 blks
A. Afflalo (ORL): 16 pts, 3 rebs, 4 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks did that thing again where they let the opposing team stay in the game longer than they should, but they really ended up with a pretty easy win. The team ended up 6-22 from three, which is one of their worst performances from behind the arc so far this season. Korver was the only one making his threes, unless you count Zaza’s three-quarters court heave that didn’t count. The win moves Atlanta to 13-6 and gives them a bit of a cushion over the 4th seed in the East.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Josh was absolutely brilliant defensively, but he missed a few baskets in the paint that he probably should have made. He settled for a couple of jumpers late when the team’s offense was a mess, but his 11 rebounds and five blocks somewhat make up for that. 8/10

Al Horford: This was his seventh consecutive double-double (13 points and 13 boards), but his jumper is still broken. He could easily be averaging 20 points a game if he was shooting like he was two seasons ago. Hopefully his shot will start to come back to him. 8/10

Zaza Pachulia: He was a team-worst minus-15 for the game, which is strange, because he didn’t play that terrible. He hit that memorable 60-footer that didn’t count, which got him going at the beginning of the fourth, but then the team went stagnant when he was on the floor. Still, today was one of those games where you think to yourself, “Zaza can never leave Atlanta.” 6/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff still needs to work on his turnover issues. He gets careless and then commits the most random turnovers, which is extremely frustrating because it is an easy problem to fix. Otherwise, he had a strong game with 16 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals. 7/10

Lou Williams: I’m becoming a bit of a broken record with this, but the Hawks can’t just stop running an offense when Lou is at the point. Sure, he can be very dynamic when he’s got his game going, but if he’s just average, there’s no reason for him to be burning that much of the clock. 7/10 Continue Reading…