The Hawks looked to repeat what the Thunder did to the Bobcats two nights ago, or at least what the Hawks did to them last week in Wednesday’s game in Philips Arena. However, neither type of winning margin was repeated against Charlotte this time, with the Hawks sliding by the Cats 94-91.
The Hawks put up 32 three point shots, making 12, with Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, DeShawn Stevenson, Kyle Korver and Lou Williams all putting up at least 4. Save for a 35 3PA outburst last April against the Magic, the last time they had more than 32 3PA in a game was in the 1996-97 season. That team had Mookie Blalock, Steve Smith and current Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin as the most prolific three point shooters.
Josh Smith came very close to a rare 5×5, or at least 5 points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks. He started slow shooting the ball, 2-7 in the first half, but finished with 17 points on 7-15 shooting, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 blocks and 3 steals. Ben Gordon singlehandedly made it a squeaker down the stretch, scoring 20 points including 5-7 from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter alone.
The game was overall an offensive grind, with neither team surpassing 40% shooting. Still, this win moves the Hawks to 9-4, including a current 6 game winning streak. Next game is Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
1. Josh Smith: Josh gets this for his aformentioned near 5×5. He was everywhere, blocking shots and finishing transition breaks. Though he still jacked up 8 shots outside the paint, hitting only 2, he still is a gifted passer and rebounder and gave the Bobcats headaches the entire game.
2. Al Horford: He logged 42 minutes and was his usual self, almost equalling Josh Smith’s box score line stat for stat.
3. Lou Williams: He had to step up in the second half with Kyle Korver going down to an apparent back stiffness. He had 17 points and 5 assists.