The Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-83 on the road tonight.  This was the second game of a back-to-back for the Hawks.  With the win, the Hawks improved to 12-5 on the season and 1-0 in the regular season series with the Grizzlies.  They also finished up the back-to-back set with a 2-0 sweep.  The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, Josh Smith and Al Horford at the two forward positions, and Zaza Pachulia at center.  Kyle Korver (back spasms) did not make the trip to Memphis.  DeShawn Stevenson did not play, as Coach Larry Drew doesn't play him on the second nights of back-to-backs.  The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with a game-high 24 points.  He also grabbed eight boards.  Louis Williams added 21 points off the bench.  Al Horford contributed his fifth-straight double-double, with 19 points and 14 rebounds.  Jeff Teague scored 13 points and dished out six assists.  The Grizzlies were lead by Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, who scored 18 points apiece.  In the first quarter, the Grizzlies took a 22-21 lead over the Hawks.  In the second quarter, the Grizzlies outscored the Hawks 25-20 to take a 47-41 halftime lead.  In the third quarter, the Hawks first went on a 10-2 run and then a 20-0 run sparked by 11 straight points from Louis Williams.  The Hawks outscored the Grizzlies 32-13 in the period to take a 73-60 lead heading into the final frame.  In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies pulled within six three times, but the Hawks managed to pull off the victory behind seven-straight baskets from Josh Smith.  I think the key to this win for the Hawks was playing their game.  They got out on the fastbreak by forcing turnovers and outscored the Grizzlies 15-5 in fastbreak points.  They didn't let the Grizzlies get into a halfcourt set where they can exploit having one of the best frontcourts in the league.  Instead, they forced the Grizzlies to run with them in Memphis.  Great win for the Hawks tonight against a team that was 9-1 at home prior to this one.
Louis Williams fighting for ball vs. MEM