The Hawks came into Tuesday night’s game against the Magic as one of the only three teams with a winning record in the East. Well, they certainly didn’t play like it at home against the Magic.
The Hawks held a 4 point lead heading into the half, and it was a disaster after that point in time. The Hawks played terrible on the defensive end, giving up 36 points in the 3rd, and got outscored by 16 points. The Magic shot 62% in the 3rd, and it opened up the flood gates for Orlando.
There weren’t many takeaways that benefit Atlanta, but Lou Williams’ play could be something that is a positive sign for them moving forward. He played a season-high 24 minutes, and he scored 11 points and had 8 assists. Kyle Korver also had a bright spot, hitting a three, and moving his mark to 88 straight games, one behind Dana Barros on the all-time list.
Overall, the Hawks played a decent game in the first half, but Orlando came out with passion and intensity, and the Hawks wanted no part of the game. Jeff Teague and Al Horford added 15 points each, but they were both quiet all night long. If the Hawks want to be considered among the elite teams in the league, efforts like this can’t happen.
Mike Budenholzer said they didn’t execute well, and they were a mess all night. The Hawks got crushed after a disappointing effort in the 2nd half, and lost 109-92. They move to 8-7 on the season, and they are right back at it in Houston on Wednesday night.
Shelvin Mack and Kyle Korver both sustained injuries in this one, so expect to see a lot more of John Jenkins.