A. Horford (ATL): 21 pts, 11 reb, 3 ast
L. James (MIA): 38 pts, 8 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]
After falling down quickly in the first quarter due to turnovers, the Hawks rallied back behind a barrage of threes in the second and third quarters and had a double-digit lead at one point. Miami remained unbroken, however, as LeBron and company managed to keep the game within reach and eventually forced overtime. The Hawks had chances at both the end of regulation and the end of overtime to get a victory, but they were denied on both tries.
Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]
Al Horford: Al had a few problem handling the ball in the early going, but he rebounded in the second quarter, scoring nine points to lead the Hawks’ charge. (he had a corner three, too!) After that quarter, he was relatively quiet on offense. On defense, he found himself on LeBron a couple of time and actually did quite well. I was impressed. 9/10.
Paul Millsap: Millsap had so many things going for him early on in this game. Obviously, there was his assault from the three-point line, where he hit a career-high seven threes. Outside of that, though… he wasn’t about to convert on two-pointers, although he probably did have some grievances with the officials on some of those plays. Like Horford, Millsap also had some decent defensive plays on LeBron… until he tried to take a charge and was ferociously dunked on. Stop trying to take charges on LeBron, people; just foul him if you’re going to try that. 8/10
Jeff Teague: Even one of Jeff Teague’s best efforts of the season wasn’t enough for the Hawks to overcome Miami. Teague finished the night with 26 points, six rebounds, and eights assists, with his only blemish being his five turnovers and his four misses from the foul line. That said, Jeff was attacking for much of the night, constantly getting to the rim against Mario Chalmers and the swarming Miami defense. 8.5/10
DeMarre Carroll: LeBron is a tough cover, but DeMarre seemed to be doing alright when he was guarding the 4-time NBA MVP. He wasn’t an offense liability either, except for this one turnover he had where he tried to go behind the back and he dribbled off of the back of his foot. That said — and this is speaking for the entire group — limiting LeBron to 38 points on 26 shots (those numbers actually decreased LeBron’s shooting percentages on the year) is not too bad. 6/10
Kyle Korver: Korver was 5-for-8 from behind the line, including a 30-footer late in the fourth quarter that had the Hawks up seven. He also missed the potential game-winning shot in overtime, which was actually a pretty clever lob play that Kyle could quite get a hold of. Overall, Korver’s spacing was extremely important for the Hawks and that was shown when the Heat had LeBron checking Korver a couple of time late in the game. 8/10 Continue Reading…