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RECAP: Hawks 112, Bucks 87

Cole Patty —  January 26, 2014

FINAL

      MIL(8-35) 87 – 112 (23-20)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 20 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl
B. Knight (MIL): 27 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks faced a myriad of injuries coming into their contest against the Milwaukee Bucks, with Jeff Teague being the latest addition to the list. The good news is they played the lowly Bucks, a squad whose 8-35 record ranked last in the NBA. Atlanta took full advantage of the weaker competition and paced out to a 60-45 halftime score behind an impressive two turnovers and 8-16 shooting from beyond the arc. The third quarter was where the Hawks really shined however, tallying up 36 points to push the lead to 32. This resulted in the fourth quarter mainly being garbage time, which included Jared Cunningham’s first points as a member of the Hawks and James Nunnally making his third appearance for the team.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: Millsap was named ESPN’s key performer for the game, and with good cause. He was the easily the best bigman on the floor for both squads, with his efficient 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Millsap struggled to begin January, valleying with his 1-10 night against Indiana, but he’s putting together the types of nights that are expected of him. Making a strong case for an All-Star bid with Thursday being the coach selection day. 8/10

DeMarre Carroll: Carroll was a surprise start for the Hawks tonight, and he stepped up in Teague’s absence. He went 4-for-5 from the field (3-for-3 from three) for 12 points while adding six rebounds. He also added in four assists in the first half, which matched his season high. Carroll has missed two shots total over his last two games and has averaged 14.5 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists in that time frame. Hopefully that will carry over into Monday’s game against the Thunder. 9/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle clanked his first two attempts, and worry filled the air of whether or not he was going to have an off night. Almost immediately he extended his streak to 112 straight game with a three pointer, and quickly after he banged home a four point play. He ended the night 3-for-7, but more importantly 3-for-4 from deep. He wasn’t anything special tonight, but he didn’t really have to be in such a blowout. 6/10

Shelvin Mack: Mack’s numbers weren’t eye-popping, but he was rock solid in his first start of the season. In 24 minutes, his nine points and four assists were close to his per-36 marks for the season. Which is more than enough from a spot-starting backup in injury relief. 7/10

Gustavo Ayon: Inarguably Ayon’s best game of the season. He finished well at the rim, didn’t look completely lost defending down low, grabbed a few rebounds, and even threw in two steals. The five fouls and three turnovers looked bad, but this is a much better effort from Ayon, who has had a down year. Maybe this is the game that turns it around for the third year pro. 10/10

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