Recap of the Hawks vs. Hornets game on 1-1-13
The Atlanta Hawks beat the New Orleans Hornets 95-86 on the road. This was the second and final game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. This was also the second game of a three-game road trip for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 20-10 on the season, 1-0 in the regular season series with the Hornets, 1-1 in their back-to-back set, and 1-1 on their road trip. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Louis Williams in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Devin Harris (sore left foot) and Anthony Morrow (right hip strain) did not travel with the team. Ivan Johnson and Johan Petro received DNP-CDs. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with a game-high-tying 23 points. He also grabbed 13 boards (reaching 5,000 career rebounds -- Congratulations, Josh!), dished out seven assists, and blocked four shots, giving him a double-double on the night. Al Horford added 20 points. Kyle Korver contributed 14 points. Zaza Pachulia came off the bench to notch a double-double, with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The leading scorer for the Hornets was Ryan Anderson, with a game-high-tying 23 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks went on a 10-3 run, but trailed 26-22 after one. In the second quarter, the Hornets outscored the Hawks 24-22 to extend their lead to 50-44 at the break. In the third quarter, Josh Smith scored 10 points, sparking a 6-0 Hawks run that sent the Hawks into the final frame with a 72-64 lead over the Hornets. In the fourth quarter, Al Horford scored eight points to help the Hawks secure the nine-point victory. I think there were a few keys to this win. First off, the Hawks had great ball movement. They really fed off of having both their healthy point guards in the starting lineup, racking up 30 assists (15 of those from Teague and Williams) as a team on the night. Secondly, they took great care of the basketball, only turning the ball over five times in the game. That is a 6:1 assist-to-turnover ratio for the Hawks in the game. There is no better way to start 2013 than with a W!