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It was fun while it lasted, but the Hawks’ 19-game winning streak finally came to an end on Monday night as the New Orleans Pelicans were able to defeat Atlanta by a score of 115-100.

Anthony Davis was the controlling force for New Orleans, constantly grabbing offensive rebounds and putting them back for easy 2s. Davis scored 29 points, grabbed 13 rebounds (eight offensive), and was his usual fantastic self on defense. One memorable play involved Jeff Teague in an isolation where he tried to crossover Davis and stepback for a 3-pointer… but Davis stayed in position and used his length to block the shot anyways.

Davis was not alone, as he got some great help from Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon. Gordon was a thorn in the Hawks’ side all night, hitting a bevvy of open jumpers as Evans was continuously getting the Hawks’ offense to collapse. Evans had a double-double with 15 points and 12 assists and Gordon finished the night with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field.

Hawks’ head coach Mike Budenholzer has been often preaching that one of the biggest driving forces behind this streak from the Hawks is that they kept playing “Hawks basketball.” They moved with and without the ball on offense, flied around on defense, and maintained a composure where they always exuded the confidence of being the better team. Continue Reading…

The league’s best player so far this season — Anthony Davis — arrived in Atlanta with his Pelicans on Friday night and he left with a 100-91 defeat to the Jeff Teague-led Atlanta Hawks.

Teague’s hot night started off early, where he scored eight points in the first seven minutes of the game on a mix of floaters and layups. His magnificent play continued throughout the game, as Teague was weaving and scheming off of a bevy of screens, resulting in a 26-point, seven-assist night for the Atlanta point guard.

After giving up 126 points to the Raptors on Wednesday, the Hawks’ defense locked down on Friday, allowing just 28 points in the first half. Part of that was the Pelicans employing Austin Rivers as a starter, but Atlanta’s big men did a great job at contesting shots at the rim and the guards were fighting hard through screens to prevent New Orleans from getting open looks on the perimeter.

The Hawks were only 5-for-17 (29.4%) on 3s for the night, but an important make came late in the fourth quarter from DeMarre Carroll. With the shot clock winding down after a Davis block on Al Horford, Paul Millsap kicked the ball out to Carroll in the corner, who promptly sank a contested 3-pointer to push the Hawks’ lead back to 10 points. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hornets 111, Hawks 100

Raj Prashad —  February 9, 2013

FINAL

NOH (17-33) 111 – 100 (27-22) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 23 pts, 6 reb, 8 asts, 2 stl, 2 blk
G. Vasquez (NO): 21 pts, 11 reb, 12 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Friday night’s loss was a tough one to swallow just days after a big win over the Memphis Grizzlies. A 16-point third quarter doomed Atlanta as the Hawks came out flat after taking a one-point lead into the half. Grevis Vasquez notched his first career triple-double, Ryan Anderson dominated the fourth quarter and the Hornets ran away with one on the road.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: It was another strong night for the forward, as he really dominated against Anthony Davis, but struggled defending the perimeter-shooting Ryan Anderson. Smith had a team-high 23 points and was on the verge of a triple-double with eight assists and six rebounds, but he gave up the biggest three of the night to Anderson that helped the Hornets pull away for good. 8/10

Al Horford: In what has been pretty much the norm this season, Horford struggled battling with a stronger, bigger center. Robin Lopez made Horford work for most of the night, disallowing anything to go through the forward/center. Horford finished with 12 points and six rebounds, but through three quarters, he had just two points and three rebounds. By the time he got his rhythm going, it was simply too little, too late for Atlanta. 7/10

Anthony Tolliver: Before the game, LD said coming into training camp Atlanta’s favorite lineup involved Tolliver with the core of Teague. Korver, Smith and Horford. After a strong outing against Memphis, Tolliver returned to the starting lineup against New Orleans and had another solid night. He had five points and five rebounds, but really attacked the glass on each end and was very active on the defensive end. 6/10

Kyle Korver: Not much more you can ask of Kyle than his 17-point, five-rebound, five-assist night. He played great defense on a much quicker Eric Gordon, only allowing him to score three times in man-to-man defense. Korver also broke the Hawks’ franchise record for consecutive 3-pointers made in a season, with 43-straight games. 8.5/10

Jeff Teague: Teague’s 21 points and nine assists will get rightfully looked over due to his six turnovers and struggling defense on New Orleans’ Grevis Vasquez. The point guard was lazy with the ball, sending it over player’s heads or into the defense. On the defensive end, Teague simply couldn’t fight through screens. SIx of Vasquez’s seven makes came from being freed up by either running through baseline screens or by running pick-and-roll with a big.  6/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 95, Hornets 86

Bo Churney —  January 1, 2013

FINAL

NOH (7-24) 86 – 95 (20-10) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 23 pts, 13 reb, 7 asts, 3 stl, 4 blk
G. Vasquez (NO): 17 pts, 9 reb, 10 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks apparently didn’t know if they were supposed to guard Ryan Anderson or not, but they were extremely aware that you should attack him in the post. The three Hawks bigs all had great nights, highlighted by the “OH MY GOD!” line by Josh that you can see above. Atlanta only had five turnovers, shot 40% from three, and improve to 7-1 on the 2nd game of back-to-backs. They are also only half-game behind the Knicks for 2nd place in the East.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Just look at Josh’s stat line and absorb that for a minute. The last two players to do that were Tim Duncan in 2008 and Shaquille O’Neal in 2001. He was doing most of his work in the paint, and really only took one jumper that he shouldn’t have. Usually this type of game would be worth a 10, but he was a little slow getting back on defense a few times in the first half; you can’t do that, Josh. 9.75/10

Al Horford: Some might point at Al’s lack of rebounds as a lack of effectiveness, but Josh and Zaza did most of the rebounding work, and you can only grab so many rebounds. On offense, he was great, going 10-17 with 20 points and three assists, including several shots down the stretch that helped seal the game for the Hawks. 8/10

Lou Williams: The officials let the guys play for the most part, meaning Lou wasn’t able to really get much off of driving in the lane against Lopez and Davis. He was able to facilitate, though, which helps cancel out the 4-13 shooting night… a bit. 6/10

Kyle Korver: I can’t stress how much Korver helps the Hawks. He spreads the floor so much on O, and then is extremely active on defense. He finished with 14 points on only eight shots, with the only non-three being a runner in the lane that was ambitious, but terrible. 7/10

Jeff Teague: There was a lot of “YIKES!” coming from me on Teague’s shooting, but he did a lot in other places, including passing, and a few hustle plays on defense. Vasquez was able to rip him a bit early in the game, which is still something Jeff needs to work on at times. He did shore up his defensive efforts later in the game, which included a stretch where he fouled three times in about a minute. 5/10 Continue Reading…