Picking three main takeaways from the Atlanta Hawks’ Wednesday loss to the Houston Rockets.
The Atlanta Hawks fell to the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, becoming the quickest team to reach 30 losses on the season.
It was a case of bad defense meets great offense, with the Rockets obliterating the Hawks on that side of the court early, nearly putting up 80 1st half points.
The Houston lead swelled to 23 in the 2nd period, but the Hawks ended that quarter hot, and carried that into the 3rd, cutting the lead to single digits.
The Rockets held a 5-10 point led for the rest of the night, with the pesky Hawks hanging around just enough.
They had a couple chances down three to tie with about 4 minutes left, but were never able to capitalize.
A couple of free throws with just seconds left lifted the Rockets to the final 122-115 score.
After the disastrous first half, Atlanta bounced back defensively, holding the Rockets to just 45 2nd half points. James Harden, who looked like he was in for a career night after his 22 point 1st quarter was silenced a bit, although he still ended with 41 points on an uneffcient 34 shots.
Houston did most of their damage from the free throw line, attempting 41 from the charity stripe.
Trae Young did his best to will the Hawks to a win, scoring 42 while doing his best Harden impression, getting to the line 18 times. He recorded his third career triple-double by adding 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
The loss drops Atlanta to 8-30, improving the Rockets to 25-11.
Next we’ll be taking a look at 3 takeaways from the game.