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The Atlanta Hawks returned to winning ways with a 109-104 overtime victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night at the Moda Center. The Blazers, as they so often have been, were led by Damian Lillard’s and C.J. McCollum’s 21 and 26 points respectively. The Hawks were led by Tim Hardaway Jr.’s team high 25 points while Paul Millsap added 21 points and Dennis Schröder added 22 points.

Paul “Clutch” Millsap takes the Hawks to overtime and beyond

This was not the prettiest offensive game for the Hawks but they managed to slow down the Blazers’ offense and recovered from a double digit deficit to give themselves a chance to win this game. Some great defense, after a few agonising offensive rebounds for the Blazers, by Tim Hardaway Jr. on C.J. McCollum — followed by a defensive rebound by Prince — gave the Hawks the opportunity to possibly win the game or take the game to overtime.

People give THJ a lot of stick for his defense (sometimes it’s warranted) but give him credit here.

However, Atlanta still found themselves trailing by two points with just 2.2 seconds remaining, in need of a bucket to save this game. Enter, Paul Millsap.

At. The. Buzzer.

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The Atlanta Hawks dropped the first game of their three game road trip against Sacramento Kings on Friday night, 108-107. The Kings had three players who scored 22 points: Darren Collison, Ben McLemore and DeMarcus Cousins. For the Hawks, they also had three players who scored 20 or more points in the form of Dennis Schröder (20), Paul Millsap (25) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (28).

Hawks on the other side of a 20 point comeback 

The Hawks, twice this season, have recovered from a 20 point deficit and emerge with a victory, but last night they got a taste of their own medicine. The Hawks were seemingly in full control of this game as they stood tall with a 22 point lead (71-49) with 7:02 remaining in the third. The Kings looked defeated and their star man, DeMarcus Cousins, looked a man out of sorts. The Hawks should’ve absolutely closed this game out. So, how did the Kings do it?

The Kings found a lineup that worked and just rolled with it for, pretty much, the rest of the game. It was that 4-man lineup of Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Matt Barnes, Anthony Tolliver that just got things done for the Kings. Together, they scored 43 points on 58% shooting from the field, shot 60% from behind the arc and registered a plus/minus rating of plus-10. They also registered an offensive rating of 135, a defensive rating of 102 and a net rating of +32 in 16 minutes of play.

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The Atlanta Hawks brushed aside the Orlando Magic, 113-86, on Saturday evening at Philips Arena in a wire-to-wire victory. The Magic were led by Aaron Gordon’s 16 points while both Jeff Green and Elfrid Payton added 12 points. For the Hawks, five players scored in double digits, Paul Millsap leading the way with 21 points in three quarters.

Dennis Schröder registered a double-double, 17 points and 10 assists, one of which was an absolute beauty.

Oh, yes.

Hawks’ heavy lifting in first half leads them to victory

How long have folks wanted to see the Hawks actually start a game with energy? Well, fans got their wish last night, the Hawks flew out the traps, making 13 of their first 15 shots. The Hawks quickly ran out to a 13-4 lead forcing Magic coach Frank Vogel into a timeout, one of the many timeouts he would call in the first half. The Hawks would finish the first quarter with 35 points on 68% shooting while assisting on 12 of their 15 made baskets. For reference, the Hawks registered just 13 total assists last Wednesday against the Miami Heat, so it was good to see the ball moving as it was.

The Hawks built upon their 11 point lead in the second quarter, stretching it to 17 points by the 5:30 mark before making a 20 point game and then, just to cap off a great half for the Hawks on both sides of the floor, the Hawks ended the quarter on a 9-0 run behind a Tim Hardaway Jr. three-pointer to take a 26 point lead into the locker room at the half.

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The Atlanta Hawks won a comeback thriller in Houston on Thursday night in their second meeting of the season against the Houston Rockets, 113-108. James Harden led the Rockets with 41 points while Clint Capella added another 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. 

THJ’s Q4 explosion helps Hawks recover from 20 point deficit

Things were beginning to look a little dicey in the fourth quarter for the Hawks. Having survived the Rockets’ initial surge in the third quarter, the Rockets took a 13 point lead into the final period before extending that lead — behind an 11-4 run — to a game-high 20 points with 8:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. Time for the Hawks to empty the bench, right? Wrong. Enter Tim Hardaway Jr. Timmy exploded for 23 points in the final period on his way to career high 33 points on 12-of-18 shooting and 4-of-9 from behind the arc, lifting the Hawks — behind a 40 point fourth quarter — to an unlikely victory.

“Obviously Tim Hardaway was special on offense.” — Coach Mike Budenholzer

That he sure was… THJ capped off his 23 point quarter with an incredible dunk with Ryan Anderson and Clint Capella both near the rim:

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The Atlanta Hawks dropped the first game of their back-to-back road trip against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, falling 93-116. Goran Dragić scored 27 points while Dion Waiters added 20 points as the Heat stretched their win streak to nine games.

Hawks outplayed, outhustled 

After playing a gruelling 4OT game on Sunday, the Hawks gave their players both Monday and Tuesday off in order to recover. Despite that, the Hawks showed poor energy and effort compared to their division rivals, the Heat seemingly winning all of the 50-50 balls and just outhustled the Hawks. James Johnson in particular was running riot and no Hawk could match his energy and tenacity. James Johnson. When James Johnson is outhustling your entire team, I’m going to say that’s a problem.

The Hawks had started this game off O.K. but three consecutive threes for the Heat forced Bud into a timeout. The Heat took a seven point lead into the second quarter and continued to outhustle and outplay the Hawks in the second quarter behind an 11-0 run. The Heat would take a 15 point lead into the locker room at the half before stretching their lead to 20 points in the third and, with a game against the Rockets looming in the very near future, Bud decided to wave the white flag before the third quarter was even over. And that was, pretty much, all she wrote. There was some interesting drama in garbage time but we’ll get to that soon.

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The Atlanta Hawks just about escaped Philips Arena with a victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, 103-93. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, one of five Bulls who scored in double digits.

A great start and a real messy ending

What a game this was.

The Hawks blew the Bulls out of the water in the first quarter, outscoring the Bulls 35-13 in a quarter that was capped by a buzzer-beating three by Tim Hardaway Jr. followed by a shimmy.

“I like the ball in my hand in that situation. I kind of like to shoot far, half-court shots, when the clock is running down. I have confidence in myself that every shot I shoot is going in. Thankfully it went in.” — Tim Hardaway Jr.

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The Atlanta Hawks’ seven game winning streak came to an end on Friday night as they dropped an entertaining game against the Boston Celtics, 103-101. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 28 points — including the game winner — while Kelly Olynyk poured out 26 points off the bench.

Look who’s back

We had to wait until January but last night the Hawks finally got to see Al Horford return to Atlanta for the first time as a Celtic. When he was introduced, and again throughout the game, there were quite a number of boos for Horford, something that took him by surprise.

“They were unexpected. I don’t want to say anything, but it is what it is. I know there’s a lot of fans out there that appreciated my time here, and I appreciate them.” — Al Horford

The Hawks did have a video tribute lined up and it was shown at the end of the first quarter. Horford was given a standing ovation.

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The Atlanta Hawks increased their winning streak to six following their 97-82 triumph against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center on Saturday night. Harrison Barnes led the way for the Mavericks with 21 points while Devin Harris and Dirk Nowitzki both added 11 points each.

Taking care of business

The Hawks are now six games unbeaten, however, the counter-argument to that would be their last three wins have comes against teams below .500. And that’s a fair point, but the Hawks are still taking care of business as they should be.

“We did what we set out to do. We got three out of three. We are pleased with it. We are pleased with our play. We still can get better in some areas but we are happy with where we are now.” — Paul Millsap

The Mavs are probably the worst team out of the bunch that the Hawks have played of late, sat at the bottom of the Western Conference with an 11-26 record. The Mavs played the Hawks well for three quarters, recovering from a nine point deficit in the third quarter with a 9-0 run to tie the game, but a 10-0 Hawks run the fourth quarter left the Mavericks in a difficult position: a hole they couldn’t dig themselves out of. The Hawks outscored the Mavs 31-23 in the final period, winning by 15 in the end.

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The Atlanta Hawks won their first overtime game since the March 18th 2014 as they outlasted the New York Knicks in overtime, 102-98. In what was an ugly affair to watch at times, the Hawks evened up the season series with the Knicks 1-1 and the victory lifts the Hawks back to .500 at 16-16. Derrick Rose led the way for the Knicks with 26 points while Kristaps Porzingis added 24 points.

An ugly game but Hawks get it done… eventually

While this was a closely contested and chippy game (no team led by more than eight points while four technical fouls and two flagrant fouls were issued) it was certainly not a pretty game. Both teams shot below 40% (37% for the Knicks, 36% for Atlanta) and both shot 7-of-27 from behind the arc. But those numbers don’t do this game justice, it was ugly to watch.

“It was scrappy. We did a lot of good things on the floor. The defense was pretty good down the stretch. We have to continue to get better.” — Dwight Howard

But the bottom line is the Hawks got this one done, snapping a long streak of losing in overtime. I want to look at the last possession of regulation, because the Hawks had the opportunity to win this game in regulation. Let’s take a look at it first.

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The Atlanta Hawks’ offense sputtered down the stretch as they dropped another home game to another team below .500, this time to the Minnesota Timberwolves (who were 8-19 heading into this game), 94-82. Karl-Anthony Towns posted a nasty double-double, 17 points and 18 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins scored a team high 19 points. Per Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Towns is the first NBA player this season to record three consecutive games of at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in a game. The last player to do it was… Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014.

Offensive woes in final period

Despite a woeful start to this game (the Wolves quickly running out to 12-2 and 15-4 leads respectively), the Hawks — again without Dwight Howard — were in a decent position to win this game, tied at 80 apiece with 5:41 remaining in your own building. Thennnn… the offense broke down, the Hawks only scored four points the rest of the way while the Wolves scored 12 points to take them to victory, only their 10th victory of the season.

So, what happened? The Hawks could have easily won this game… what happened down the stretch? Let’s go through it chronologically.

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