Tiago Splitter dunked off an Al Horford assist as the third quarter expired for the 14th (and final) lead change and a 72-70 advantage for the Hawks over the visiting Brooklyn Nets. Atlanta seized control of what had been a tightly-contested game in the fourth quarter and the 101-87 victory was their 5th straight win.
The Hawks outscored the Nets 29-17 in the final quarter and Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer cited a strong defensive effort as a key to victory.
“It was good to see a fourth quarter where I think we closed better and managed to get some separation,” said Budenholzer.
Coach Bud singled out the efforts of Kent Bazemore and Justin Holiday in keying Atlanta’s defense.
“We were able to turn up the defense and get some stops in the fourth quarter. Kent tracking down blocked shots in transition and Justin with multiple efforts and multiple contests, that’s part of who we are and that’s what we’re going to have to continue to do.” Continue Reading…