When the Hawks played the Blazers back on Tuesday, Portland looked like the much older and more experienced team, leading to a blowout win over Atlanta.
They faced off again on Thursday, and the results would be quite different this time around.
The Hawks came out firing, and never really looked back after an impressive opening. 2014 first-round pick Adreian Payne had easily his best game of Summer League, and he was knocking down shots from all over the court, as well as being a factor on defense.
Payne finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and he finally looked comfortable after being inefficient for most of the Summer League.
John Jenkins was inactive for this game with continued back issues, so Stephen Holt took the majority of his minutes. Holt did not disappoint, scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, and was electrifying the team and crowd when he hit multiple three-pointers in a row.
The two players who have led Atlanta for most of Summer League — Dennis Schröder and Mike Muscala — struggled shooting (combined 7-of-23 from the field), but both did their part in helping the team win. Muscala continued to show some nice offensive moves and passing, while Schröder moved the ball well and played good defense. Both players are proving to the coaching staff that they deserve a shot at rotation spots this season.
In the end, the Hawks got their revenge with an 88-65 blowout win over the Trail Blazers. They are now in the quarterfinals, and will face the winner of the Cavaliers-Rockets game on Friday at 6 p.m. (ET).