Hawks vs. Nuggets - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Denver Nuggets 104-88 on the road at the Pepsi Center. This was the sixth and final game of a six-game road trip for the Hawks. This was also the second game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 33-26 on the season, 3-3 on their road trip, 1-1 in the regular season series with the Nuggets, and 0-2 on their back-to-back set. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Dahntay Jones in the backcourt, Anthony Tolliver and Josh Smith at the two forward spots, and Al Horford at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) and Mike Scott (NBDL assignment) were the two inactives for the Hawks. Kyle Korver (right great toe sprain) and Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) did not dress. DeShawn Stevenson (knee) dressed but did not play. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with 18 points. His streak of nine-straight games of 20+ points was snapped. He also grabbed 13 boards, giving him a double-double on the night. Josh Smith and Jeff Teague added 15 points apiece, with Smith also grabbing five rebounds and Teague also dishing out eight assists. John Jenkins contributed 12 points off the bench. Devin Harris had 11 points off the bench. Recently-acquired Jeremy Tyler made his Hawks debut, tallying three boards in just over five minutes of playing time. The leading scorer for the Nuggets was Corey Brewer, with 22 points. In the first quarter, the Nuggets outscored the Hawks 28-27. In the second quarter, the Hawks allowed 30 points, and they trailed 58-50 at the half. In the third quarter, the Hawks and Nuggets each scored 23, and the Nuggets led 81-73 heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, Corey Brewer scored 10 points, the Nuggets went on a 10-2 run, and the Hawks were held to just 15 points as they lost by 16. I think the key reason the Hawks lost was poor defense. The Hawks allowed the Nuggets to have 30 assists on 46 made field-goals. Being without Zaza Pachulia, the Hawks allowed 70 points in the paint. While Jeremy Tyler grabbed some boards and Johan Petro had a couple of points, the pair was not very effective in providing the same inside defensive presence that Pachulia provides. Tough loss for the Hawks to finish off the road trip .500.