Hawks vs. Suns - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Phoenix Suns 92-87 on the road at the US Airways Center. This was the fourth game of a six-game road trip for the Hawks. This was also the first of two meetings between these two teams this regular season. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 33-24 on the season, 3-1 on their road trip, and 0-1 in the regular season series with the Suns. The loss also marked the end of the Hawks' four-game winning streak, and this isn't the first time that a sub-.500 Phoenix team has snapped a Hawks winning streak. The Suns were the first team to beat the Hawks in the 2010-11 NBA season after the Hawks won their first six games to start the year. Only three members of that Suns team and four members of that Hawks team are on this year's squad, however. The starters for the Hawks (in the 2012-13 game) were Jeff Teague and DeShawn Stevenson in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) did not dress, while Mike Scott (NBDL assignment) was not with the team. Johan Petro and Jeremy Tyler received DNP-CDs. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with a game-high 20 points. He also grabbed seven boards. While he snapped his streak of five-straight games with 23 or more points, he did continue a streak of now eight-straight games of scoring 20+ points. Kyle Korver added 17 points and eight rebounds. Devin Harris contributed 12 points and six assists off the bench. Anthony Tolliver had 11 points off the bench. The leading scorer for the Suns was Goran Dragic, with 19 points. In the first quarter, Dragic scored 10 points as Phoenix took a 21-19 lead over the Hawks at the end of one. DeShawn Stevenson left the game with a dislocated middle finger, but returned early in the second quarter. In the second quarter, the Suns went on an 8-0 run, and the Hawks found themselves trailing by five at the break. In the third quarter, Wesley Johnson scored 13 points. The Hawks did get a 7-2 run in, but the Suns finished the quarter with a 7-0 run, and the Hawks trailed by 11 heading into the final frame. The Hawks went on a 7-2 run and a 5-0 run in the fourth quarter, but they never got closer than five, which is the margin they lost by. The Hawks actually did better in most of the statistical categories than the Suns did, and the ones that they didn't do better in, they were beat out by the Suns by a slight edge. I think the main things you can point to resulting in this loss were that Jeff Teague and Josh Smith combined to shoot 24% from the field, and that two players had at least five turnovers. This was definitely a letdown game, and hopefully the Hawks can finish the road trip strong with their final two games of the trip coming up.