The Hawks got a huge win against the Lakers on Monday night, and they were looking to string together some good performances to create separation from the rest of the Eastern Conference. They were remotely involved in trade rumors for Omer Asik, and on Wednesday night, they proved that they won’t need too much help.
The Hawks are starting to look more comfortable in Mike Budenholzer’s offense, as they set a season-high for points with 114, and assists with 34 on Monday against the Lakers. On Wednesday night against the Kings, they topped those numbers with 124 points and 38 assists. The ball was flying all over the court, and it led to wide open looks all night.
Kyle Korver couldn’t miss, as he went eight for ten from beyond the arc, and scored a season-high 28 points. He also extended his streak to 96 games, and the Hawks shot 15 of 25 from three-point range. Jeff Teague dished out 15 assists, which tied his career-high, and the Hawks had six players in double figures. This was a dominant offensive performance to say the least.
Despite all of the offensive numbers, the Kings were keeping it close through three quarters. The Hawks allowed Isiah Thomas to get in the paint all night, and he finished with 20 points and 10 assists. Atlanta came into the fourth quarter and unleashed a mighty run, and they scored 39 points in the final period. They only allowed 20 points to be scored on them, and that was the difference.
Al Horford (who should be an all-star) finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks, and he is showing the league that he can be dominant at the center position. The Hawks ended up winning 124-107, and as they get more time in this system, they could emerge as serious contenders to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. They are back in action on Friday against the Jazz at home, and it is Peachtree Hoops appreciation night, so all fans should try to attend. Peachtree Hoops is a friend of Soaring Down South, so we should all show the community what he think of the team.