Hawks vs. Hornets - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks lost to the New Orleans Hornets 111-100 at home at Philips Arena in the last time the Hawks will ever play the Hornets unless they meet in the NBA Finals (they are changing their name to "Pelicans" for next season). This was the second and final game of the regular season series between these two teams. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 27-22 on the season and 1-1 in the regular season series with the Hornets. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, Anthony Tolliver and Josh Smith at the two forward spots, and Al Horford at center. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with 23 points. He also dished out a season-high-tying eight assists and grabbed six boards. Jeff Teague added 21 points and nine dimes, nearly notching a double-double on the night. Kyle Korver contributed 17 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while breaking the Hawks franchise record by making a three-pointer in his 43rd consecutive game. Congrats to him! Al Horford scored 12 points and grabbed six boards. The leading scorer for the Hornets was Eric Gordon, with a game-high 27 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks outscored the Hornets 26-25. In the second quarter, the Hawks extended their lead to their biggest of the game, at 14, but the Hornets came back to cut their deficit to 55-50 at the break. The Hornets built on their momentum from the end of the second quarter, and they went on a 20-4 run in the third, taking a 79-71 lead over the Hawks heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Hawks fell behind by as many as 14, but they came back within four points with 3:36 to play in regulation. The Hornets, however, finished the game on a 13-6 run, and the Hawks lost by 11. I think the key reason the Hawks lost this one was that they didn't play with energy and intensity for all 48 minutes. They allowed 61 second-half Hornets points, and that is what really killed them. Tough loss for the Hawks in their final home game before the All-Star break.