Jeff Teague came up huge for the Atlanta Hawks in a must-win game last night and helped lead the team to 117-98 victory over fellow playoff-hopeful Cleveland Cavaliers.
Teague was terrific in the game and finished with a double-double performance of 20 points and 12 assists, as the win meant Atlanta reclaimed sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in East. The New York Knicks had a very slim lead over ATL entering Friday (.002 W%P), but they choked and lost at home later that night while the Hawks won to go up by one-game in the standings.
The double-double performance was Teague’s 13th this season, but more importantly the 32nd of his career which passes former Hawks swingman Joe Johnson in franchise history, who finished with 31 point/assist double-doubles in an Atlanta uniform.
Before passing Johnson, Teague surpassed former Hawks legend “Pistol” Pete Maravich.
Teague’s 32 point/assist double-doubles ranks 6th all-time in Hawks franchise history, tying him with former guard Walt Hazzard.
Teague is having his best season in his five-year career (all with Atlanta), averaging 16.3 points, 6.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.
The Hawks have seven games left this season before playoffs start.