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RECAP: Hawks 104, Bobcats 92

Bo Churney —  January 24, 2013

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CHA (10-32) 92 – 104 (24-18)ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 30 pts, 13 reb, 8 ast, 3 blk
R. Sessions (CHA): 27 pts, 3 reb, 5 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

No Horford, Zaza, or Devin Harris? No problem for the Hawks against the Bobcats. With Charlotte lacking a competent frontcourt, Josh went to town, posting a near monster triple-double, earning him ESPN’s top player performance of the night. Despite some turnover issues, the Hawks got a lot of open looks, sinking 12 three-pointers and racking up 31 assists. Even though Charlotte is pretty terrible, the Hawks can take a lot from this game in that they won handily without several key players. Hopefully those players missing this game can mean they can come out at full strength against Boston on Friday.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: This was one of Josh’s best games of the season, as you can see from his statline above. He did have seven turnovers, but quite a few of those were team mistakes/mis-communications. He took a lot of jumper (nine of them to be exact), but 16 shots in the paint with Smoove showing extreme patience on a lot of post ups? Sign me up! 10/10

Ivan Johnson: Ivan got his first career start in this game, and he didn’t disappoint. He had ten rebounds by halftime, and finished with a strong double-double of 12 and 15. Among his highlights from his first start: he took three charges and had an amazing block on Bismack Biyombo. 8/10

DeShawn Stevenson: Maybe DeShawn should have sat this one out… his jumper was off badly, and he drove into the lane one time in the 2nd quarter only to have the life swatted out of him by Biyombo. (I love saying that name… Biyombo!) 2/10

Kyle Korver: The Bobcats had this strategy of leaving Kyle Korver open; it wasn’t very effective. Kyle had 21 points on only 11 shots, including a 5-6 performance from behind the arc. The Hawks just kept setting up screens and pindowns for him, and he wasn’t missing. 9/10

Jeff Teague: When Jeff wasn’t letting Sessions blow by him, he was relatively quiet. On the offensive end, this didn’t hurt, because a lot of possessions were Smoove post ups that either turned into Josh shooting, or into a flurry of ball movement that resulted in him not getting direct assists. 6/10 Continue Reading…

FINAL

CHA(7-7) 91 – 94 (9-4) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 17 pts, 13 rebs, 6 asts, 5 blks, 3 stls
B. Gordon (CHA): 26 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks led almost the entire second half, but a late Charlotte run fueled by Ben Gordon made it a game down the stretch. Thanks to some nifty passing and an all around great game from Josh Smith and Al Horford, Atlanta was able to pull through and win their 6th consecutive game.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Smith struggled shooting the ball for most of the night and scored only 4 first half points, but he caught fire in the third quarter, scoring 13 points along with a classic airballed jumper. Shooting percentages aside, though, Smoove was everywhere. He had 5 blocks, 3 steals, 6 assists, and 13 rebounds as he absolutely abused the Bobcats every chance he got on the defensive end of the floor. His passing down the stretch was also a key to the Hawks weathering the Ben Gordon storm.  9/10

Al Horford: Much like Smith, Al was incredibly active on defense, but the most important thing was that he finally made a few shots outside the paint. He seems to be bouncing back from a perimeter and free throw shooting slump, which is only good news for the Hawks. His 3 blocks and 11 boards were huge, and he was Atlanta’s offensive cog throughout the first half when Smith was struggling with the ball in his hands.  8/10

Zaza Pachulia: When he was in the game, it felt like he got a hand on every rebound or was fouled doing so. He pulled down 6 boards of his own, but you can bet that through drawing fouls and pestering his man he gave Atlanta a bunch more possessions than they would have had otherwise.  6/10

DeShawn Stevenson: He was, for the most part, completely ineffective offensively (as to be expected). And defensively, he wasn’t exactly a world-beater either. 3/10

Jeff Teague: Aside from finding Smith for two awesome alley-oops, Teague wasn’t even close to as good as he had been in the past two games. He had a nice night from beyond the arc (3-5), but went 4-10 total and allowed Charlotte back in the game with a few silly plays late in the 4th. 5/10 Continue Reading…