Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 83, Magic 78

Here is my updated game story from the Hawks’ 83-78 victory over the Magic Thursday.

This time the Hawks responded.

After watching a 17-point lead disappear, the Hawks bounced back in the fourth quarter for an 83-78 victory over the Magic on Thursday night at Philips Arena.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak and was only the Hawks’ fourth win in the past 12 games. They head to the All-Star break with a much-needed victory — coming off a 1-4 road trip and playing their second game without leading scorer Joe Johnson.

“It’s a great way to end that [bad] streak,” coach Larry Drew said. “Coming into this game, again a little short-handed, I didn’t know what I was going to get from the team. … That 10-day road trip was a concern of mine.  But I thought our guys came out at the start of the game and displayed energy.”

Holding a one-point lead, Willie Green scored seven points in the final 3:06 — including a 3-pointer and a floating layup as the shot clock expired — for the dramatic win. The Hawks put the game on ice with seven free throws down the stretch.

“Right now we are happy to get this win and go into the break,” Green said. “It’s a good all-around win. Even when they made a run, team have been making runs and we haven’t been able to get back in it. But tonight, everything was different.

“We got contributions from a lot of different guys. For me it’s just about picking and choosing when to be aggressive.”

The Hawks enter the All-Star break sixth in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games behind the Magic for second place in the Southeast Division.

Josh Smith led the Hawks with a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. Jannero Pargo had 15 points, and Green finished with 14 points.

“We played like a desperate team,” Smith said. “There was a sour taste in our mouth losing three games in a row and coming back home we didn’t want it to be a let-down loss again.”

Dwight Howard, the NBA’s 10th-leading scorer, was held to 12 points, four in the first half. The Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy product was kept away from the basket for much of the night by Hawks center Zaza Pachulia. J.J. Redick finished with 13 points, including eight in the fourth quarter.

Pachulia, who also had 13 rebounds, helped hold Howard to three first-half field goal attempts. He said he relied on his experience to keep Howard at bay.

“I’m a big fan of doing the little things because they definitely help you during the game – keeping him above you or meeting him early – those things help you as a defender and the team as well,” Pachulia said.

If the Hawks had tired legs they didn’t show early. They ran the Magic into a deep hole in the first half. However, a 17-point lead would nearly be gone after the third quarter.

Smith scored the Hawks’ first seven points and 14 in the first quarter. The Hawks used runs of 15-2 and 14-6 in the opening quarter to take a nine-point lead, 29-20. Smith put an exclamation point on his quarter with a dunk over the Magic’s Glen Davis.

Pargo scored 15 points in the first half, including 12 in the second quarter, as the Hawks built a 17-point halftime lead, 47-30.

The Hawks held the Magic to a season-low 30 points in the first half. The Magic shot only 32.4 percent in the first half, and each miss had the Hawks off and running. How bad was it? The Hawks held a 21-2 advantage in fast-break points, converting 10 of 11 chances.

The Hawks scored only 11 third-quarter points as the Magic cut the lead to three, 58-55, by ending the quarter on a 16-3 run. A Redick 3-pointer on the Magic’s first possession of the fourth quarter put the finishing touches on the Hawks’ once-large advantage.

“Not to panic,” Drew said of his instructions once the Magic had tied the game. “That is something that we are going to have to get used to, get accustomed to, because this is the NBA. These guys are good. You are going to be in situations where you have leads and teams come back and you have to maintain your composure. I think we are getting better at that. I don’t think we are there yet, but we are getting better. We have to learn have to play through bad spells. We have to learn how to play through [opposition] runs.”

194 comments Add your comment

northcyde

February 23rd, 2012
11:24 pm

Good win, considering the 3rd quarter collapse.

BLAH BLAHZAY

February 23rd, 2012
11:37 pm

Nice that the hawks still own Dwight & the Magic.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 23rd, 2012
11:37 pm

“If the Hawks had tired legs they didn’t show early. ”

The Hawks are 7-2 when they play a game the previous night (second game of back to back, or 3rd game of back to back to back). They are 13-12 when they have one or more days of rest. Maybe tired legs are good.

Rusty

February 23rd, 2012
11:47 pm

Fire that idiot LD.

falCans

February 23rd, 2012
11:48 pm

Grandad

February 23rd, 2012
11:52 pm

Magic are worse than our Hawks.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

February 23rd, 2012
11:56 pm

Well, this win guarantees no trade.

Only trade would be Pargo and a 2nd rder for Sessions or some BS

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

February 23rd, 2012
11:57 pm

Marvin has 2 points in his last 49 minutes on the court

Vino

February 23rd, 2012
11:58 pm

only if we can play the magic 35 more times….

Grandad

February 23rd, 2012
11:59 pm

Dwight just playin` out the string.

Will be traded after the All-Stern Game, played in ORL.

doc

February 24th, 2012
12:03 am

not a pretty game but a good win. glad i went though the last minute was painful to watch as teague twice and josh once clanged important free throws,

does anyone else think howard is not interested? just the same, the way zaza plays him collins is an after thought.

still unimpressed with vlad.

liked seeing ivan in there and think he is under utilized for his hustle and bulk. again he should have started against the bulls.

doc

February 24th, 2012
12:04 am

see gdad is on the same wave length.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

February 24th, 2012
12:07 am

I was thinking of signing someone last nite. Cost me this week. Should’ve owned Najeh.

Should have signed JON FREAKING LEUER

Grandad

February 24th, 2012
12:08 am

We cannot be winning games like this one tonight.
We need to lose our loseable games as we are approaching
Perry Jones territory in the draft.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

February 24th, 2012
12:08 am

Grandad

February 24th, 2012
12:12 am

Tell me again;
why we re-signed Damp to a 2nd 10 day ?

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

February 24th, 2012
12:13 am

My bad. Not playing Najehs team

Grandad

February 24th, 2012
12:14 am

doc

D.Howard totally -disinterested- has quit on his team;
or so it appears.
*[and from what I`ve read]

uga-brave

February 24th, 2012
12:14 am

22 shots, rebounds like a monster. letting him play the high post is a diaster..

the guy plays his arese off.

he cant go right. never could. cant shoot ft’s but he hustles his arse off.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

February 24th, 2012
12:16 am

M. Bradley commends us in new blog.

Guess northcyde was wrong about him only writing negative ish

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

February 24th, 2012
12:19 am

I see Pargo and Green as ROLE PLAYERS having nice games.

Marvin is doing nothing.

Northcyde, please explain

Najeh Davenpoop

February 24th, 2012
12:25 am

“does anyone else think howard is not interested?”

I got the same impression. Zaza played well, but if Dwight was trying, Zaza wouldn’t be snatching offensive rebounds out of Dwight’s hands.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

February 24th, 2012
12:27 am

Win doesn’t mean much. This team will lay down and quit on any given night.

OUR STARTING SF CANT EVEN SCORE. LOL

tyger

February 24th, 2012
12:35 am

Good job LD – 0-3, w/o 2 All-stars and no Kryptonite….

Hawks find way to win at home against rival…
Granted, this aint yo mommas Magic, but who cares…
We’re w/o JJ, Big Al and Collins…

I knew February would expose this fairweather team…
Both Marvin and Joe are M.I.A. – that’s a good thing…
Move on… let’s see what we’re made of – their soft…

Understandibly disoriented w/o JJ in NY…
Gritty group rallied behind non-Allstar Josh Smith in ATL…
ZaZa went toe-to-toe w/ DHoward all night for 4 qtrs…

Giving up on Marvin early was key…
Green, Hinrich, Radi all contributed in his stead…
It was beautiful and all we had down low was Josh/ZaZa…
There is a lesson there, if we can figure out what it is…

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

February 24th, 2012
12:40 am

Hinrich and Duck for BPA

SOMEONE PLEASE TAKE MARVIN.

uga-brave

February 24th, 2012
12:43 am

najeh, got the same thing. at the end he looked not interested.

uga-brave

February 24th, 2012
12:45 am

for crying out loud he should of taken that game over. the hawks scored what 20 point in almost 20 minutes.

johnny

February 24th, 2012
12:51 am

only 8 mins for T-mac as he was running the offensive smmothly with 3 assists? come on, the guy deserves more mins than Hinrich and Vlad

Buddy Grizzard

February 24th, 2012
12:57 am

LOL watch Zach Andrews THROW DOWN on Antoine Walker at the end of this highlight reel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkqa3P0kiWQ&t=0m59s

Hawks need to call Andrews up.

Buddy Grizzard

February 24th, 2012
12:59 am

PS I think we should trade Zaza.

Rocky

February 24th, 2012
1:12 am

Leuer > Lebron.

‘Nuff said.

Ronjo

February 24th, 2012
1:23 am

Nice win for the Hawks. I feel bad for the Magic right now, they really appear to struggle mightily when they can’t play though Dwight, and it’s seems like he already has one foot out of the door. As others have mentioned, I felt like Dwight looked relatively disinterested tonight. He wasn’t’ playing intensely, wasn’t complaining nearly as much I usually notice him complain when he’s in a big game and things aren’t going his way. He didn’t even complain to his teammates when they were making terrible decisions with the ball.

At any rate, if nothing else, this win should help the Hawks’ psyche going into the break. Losing 4 in a row may rattle the confidence of the team so much that they begin to doubt themselves. At least they were able to end the first half of the season on a high note. It will be interesting to see how the Hawks do after some rest once the season resumes.

Cris

February 24th, 2012
1:24 am

Pargo is out playing Kirk in my opinion. Trade kirk for a big and get ride of marvin. T-Mac needs more minutes.

Reno

February 24th, 2012
1:24 am

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Reno

February 24th, 2012
1:29 am

I don’t normally comment, but I had to today. What NBA level coach doesn’t know what he’s going to get from his team on a night to night basis? Larry should demand effort consistency and heart from this team and yet they have none. Somebody please get a decent ball coach

Ronjo

February 24th, 2012
1:30 am

There’s one other thing I forgot to mention. The Pargo-Green combo is something the Hawks should look to utilize for scoring off of the bench more often. When they are off, they are off, similar to Jamal, but both of these guys can put points on the board on a steady rate when they have it going, and they both attempt to play defense, at the very least. With the way Vlad has been shooting and L.D.’s refusal to play T-Mac significant minutes, the team really needs as much offense as it can get.

With Joe and Al both out, Josh is basically a volume scorer. He’s taking a large quantity of shots and scoring at a very low rate for a big man, but at the very least, he can at least draw defensive attention on the block against opponents without solid interior defenders, which helps other Hawks to get easier shots. We are going to need offense from elsewhere to be competitive without Joe and Al though, especially if Joe is out for any extended period of time. I think the best bet for an offensive spark may be from the backcourt duo of Green and Pargo if they have it going. If not, the Hawks best bet is going to have to be to create offense from defense and score in transition.

hawks_4_life

February 24th, 2012
2:50 am

Just saw ESPN highlights and commentary of the game. All they focused on was Howard, you wouldve never know the Hawks won the game.

JOKES

February 24th, 2012
3:01 am

I want you to know that money talks. The people that are getting the most $$ is going to play….The others get the league minimum even when they show life it is suck out when the dollar bill calls ….LD is like a somebody trying to play with a rubiks cube. He does not have the method to figure it out with the rotation….This win still is just xxxxx. I want to see after the All-Star break if they are going to look @@maybe making some kind of moves to better the team or keep what they have and stop the bs. Hey Hawks there are 4 quarters. Will you stop half a$$ing with our money? Call the flames and the thrashers.

vava74

February 24th, 2012
3:29 am

We need to put forward a “Start Stack” campaign.

“Anything but Marvin” should be the undercard theme.

Andrew Lipham

February 24th, 2012
4:05 am

Magic get: Horford, Hinrich, Marvin, Zaza, 1st rd pick
Hawks get: Dwight, Turk

Andrew Lipham

February 24th, 2012
4:05 am

pg Jeff Teague
sg Joe Johnson
sf Hedo Turkoglu
pf Josh Smith
c Dwight Howard

vava74

February 24th, 2012
6:01 am

Andrew,

There are far better packages available than that one AND Howard has NO INCLINATION to sign with the Hawks. NONE WHATSOEVER.

vava74

February 24th, 2012
6:03 am

Rod FCP,

I guess that you will not be getting than new car and lost as well the house money.

Betting is stupid by nature – IMO – and betting in or against a dysfunctional and unpredictable Hawks ball club is twice as stupid.

Senator Blutarski

February 24th, 2012
6:35 am

—Ivan Johnson and T. McGrady should be getting more minutes and Marvin and Vlad Rad less minutes–many nights anyway, depending on match-ups, who has a hot-hand, etc.

filipino flash

February 24th, 2012
7:14 am

MC- is there any explanation why dampier is getting 10 day contracts and young bodies like mikell gladness and Keith Benson aren’t getting offers? Have the hawks given up on managing young talents?

Section 303

February 24th, 2012
7:39 am

Zaza was great last night. He and Howard were battling in the post. It was fun to watch. I thought Zaza was the game’s MVP. Howard was not much of a factor. Even in the Magic’s 3rd quarter run, he did not standout. They seemed to get back in the game with perimeter shooting more than post play.

I was expecting the Hawks to get killed last night. Was a great surprise. If they can hang tough until the middle of March, when there are some winnable games on the schedule, they might be able to make a push for the 4th seed.

Senator, what exactly did T-Mac do last night to warrent more minutes? Two easy shots at the rim and was totally unproductive. T-Mac is looking like just another big mouth (whinning about minutes) that cries, but does not back anything up. Sick of people like that. You’re going to call out the coach to the press and then come back and miss layups? T-Mac needs to realize we are playing in 2012 not 2002.

Fundamentals

February 24th, 2012
7:44 am

The Hawks have never managed young talent. This is the status quo. Get used to it.

Bad drafting.
No player development.
Put out a product that just starts to spark real hope.
Play like crap and blame it on tired legs instead of all of the above plus no heart and bad coaching. That’s my 30 years of watching.

Fundamentals

February 24th, 2012
7:48 am

TMac has failed in each opportunity to back up his whining.

Kirk, Tmac, Stack, Marvin, Damp, Collins, Vlad need to go. For almost anything.

Layups R Us

February 24th, 2012
8:17 am

Where was Marvin Williams last night ? The night before ? What a waste of $9 million bucks a year.

Layups R Us

February 24th, 2012
8:19 am

i like Pargo/Gree STARTING over Teague/M.Williams any day & all day !