Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 95, Trail Blazers 87

Vivlamore reporting from Portland.

The Hawks stole a victory – literally – from the Trail Blazers.

The Hawks jumped to an early double-digit lead thanks to seven first-quarter steals. However, they lost a 15-point lead and had to come from behind for a 95-87 victory Monday night at the Rose Garden.

Al Horford scored six straight points, all assisted by Josh Smith, in the final four minutes after the big lead had turned into a two-point deficit. The Trail Blazers used a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter to take an 82-80 lead with 5:40 remaining, their first advantage of the night.

Horford hit a 19-foot jumper, a dunk and a post-up move with the Blazers’ only answer a three-point play from LaMarcus Aldridge. Horford’s last basket broke an 87-87 tie with 2:08 remaining.

After a Jeff Teague layup, Smith drew an offensive foul on Aldridge and Kyle Korver and Teague each sunk a pair of free throws to seal in the victory.

“It was a matter of the fourth quarter and it was time for us to win the game,” Horford said of the baskets drawn up after timeouts.

Only one night early, the Hawks came apart in the fourth quarter in a loss to the Clippers. Monday, they stood their ground.

“That was a gutsy win by our guys,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “We fell into a similar situation last night in L.A. where we played well for three quarter and in the fourth quarter we collapsed. Tonight, we weathered the storm. We knew they would make a run. As I told the guys at halftime, it’s going to be a matter of whether we accept the challenge or we fold the tent like we did last night. Tonight, we accepted the challenge.”

The Hawks (3-3) improved have split the start of this four-game West Coast road trip. They have games with the Warriors and Kings remaining.

Smith, who along with Lou Williams was questionable right up to game time with a stomach illness, had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Horford had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Korver finished with 16 points, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, Teague had 13 and Williams 11 to round out the double-digit scorers.

“Coach hit the nail on the head at halftime,” Horford said. “He said they are going to make a run at you. You have to keep your composure. You can’t let that affect you. We were doing well until they made a run and took the lead and that’s when we remembered the Clippers game and I felt like tonight we grew as a team.”

J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Trail Blazers (2-5). Nicolas Batum also scored 19 points.

The Hawks’ first-quarter steals were one off the franchise record for steals in a quarter of eight set March 6, 1992 against the Pacers. The Hawks finished with a season-high 14 steals.

The Blazers missed their first four shots and the Hawks turned three steals into points as they took a 9-0 lead. The lead grew to as many as 15 in the second quarter. The Hawks fought back several Blazer runs before finally losing their lead late in the game.

“We were playing passing lanes,” Smith said. “They were a little lazy with the ball in that first half and we took advantage of it.”

The Hawks led by as many as 13 in the first quarter. Only 8:44 into the game, Drew had already gone 10 deep on his roster. All 10 entered the scoring column by the second quarter. Drew said going to his bench was part of his strategy in the second of back-to-back road games.

Both Smith and Williams said they were fine after the game, although Drew said he could see them dragging during the game. The Hawks were to have an off day Tuesday before playing the Warriors Wednesday.

“I feel OK,” Smith said. “I’m still not where I need to be at. I fought through it. I didn’t want it to take over mentally. My wind wasn’t there like I wanted it to be but we got it done. I thank my mom for sending a prayer out over the phone.”

Guard Devin Harris left in the second quarter with a left hamstring strain and did not return.

The Trail Blazers’ streak of consecutive sellouts ended at 195 games.

88 comments Add your comment

doc

November 13th, 2012
2:00 am

good job hawks!

Najeh Davenpoop

November 13th, 2012
2:18 am

“The Trail Blazers’ streak of consecutive sellouts ended at 195 games.”

So the Hawks have that effect on crowds on the road too?

Jay

November 13th, 2012
2:47 am

Turn the offense over to Teague.

Marcus

November 13th, 2012
5:41 am

LOL @ najeh.

whew. I thought we were staring down the barrell of a 2-4 start, with our historically bad play in POR and the prospects of Smoove and Lou being ill.

I am still pissed about losing to MIA.

Just Joe

November 13th, 2012
6:06 am

Way too many turnovers for the Hawks. Hawks have now dropped to 17th in the league, with over 15 turnovers per game.

Another key concern is rebounding where Hawks are 23rd in the league in offensive rebounding, and 21st in the league in offensive rebounds allowed.

Overall, Hawks are shooting decent % from the floor (top 10 in league) because they make a high % of their 2-pt attempts (almost 49%). Hawks are 17th in the league in 3-pt % at 34%, while being 5th in attempts. Hawks are also 26th in the league in FT% shooting just under 70%, while being 28th in attempts (17 per game).

57 STATES

November 13th, 2012
7:26 am

THAT HARRIS FOR MARVIN TRADE WAS A BAD ONE.
TAKE A STARTING FORWARD IN HIS PRIME AND TRADE HIM FOR A BROKE DOWN SPEEDY CLAXTON TYPE LITTLE GUY. FERRY MISSED THE BOAT ON THAT ONE.

Mark

November 13th, 2012
7:36 am

@57 States you are missing the boat, DH is in his last year of his contract, Can you say flexibility?

terrell

November 13th, 2012
8:05 am

‘Our all star had no impact whatsoever”. Really? 15 and 10? You Horford and Josh haters are something else. lol. Both guys do CERTAIN things well. PERIOD! Its not like we’re talking about Marvin.

terrell

November 13th, 2012
8:09 am

Um 57 states, we traded Marvin’s contract for Devin’s EXPIRING contract. And we wouldnt be any better with Marvin anyway. Hes not even on the floor at crunchtime. Here or in Utah. lol

Dwight

November 13th, 2012
8:11 am

way to hang in there gang.

terrell

November 13th, 2012
8:15 am

What happened to all the Teague haters? Vacation? lol

terrell

November 13th, 2012
8:17 am

What happened to all the Teague haters? Vacation?

57 STATES

November 13th, 2012
8:35 am

you can have the flexibility, I want the wins.

hot.trod.87

November 13th, 2012
8:39 am

Props to Josh and Lou for playing sick…. I’m sure the game time decision of Josh and Lou were factors in determining the crowd. When Josh went out the lead slipped. I’m glad he came back in to stop the momentum. 2 to 3 inches shorter than a center makes you proud of Josh’ talent. Horford got off to a rough start but he was able to pick himself up.. Once again Lou gets a quiet 11 points. Josh was happy D’Antoni signed on to be the Lakers coach cause Dwight’s chances of coming to Atlanta just got better

hot.trod.87

November 13th, 2012
8:40 am

57 states you can’t win without flexibilty to change the roster..what the heck are you talking about. Had the same lineup for 5 years in a row. It was time for change

doc

November 13th, 2012
8:46 am

folks even with marvin’s “breakout” game of 321 pts in his first game with the jazz and a triple ot last night he has exactly the same nimbers there as here. marvin is marvin.

jim

November 13th, 2012
8:56 am

Marvin Williams— I can’t remember 1 game of significance in the 7 or so years he was in Atlanta that he had a positive impact on. Number 2 draft choice? What a joke.

57 STATES

November 13th, 2012
8:58 am

Marvin usually had good games against NY.
we could use that this year cause Woody has them ballin!

57 STATES

November 13th, 2012
9:02 am

change for change sake is a sucker play.
welcome to the bigs, suckers.
speedy claxton all over again.

hot.trod.87

November 13th, 2012
9:05 am

Read an article about Josh from a blogger who said ” has a sacred mission to inform the basketball public of the error of Josh Smith’s jump-shooting ways. His favorite Hawk is Al Horford”… How do you take his article serious when he ’s one sided.. Get off of here

phil

November 13th, 2012
9:09 am

of course the sellout streak ended at 195….

who in their right mind wants to watch Atlanta play?

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 13th, 2012
9:09 am

Marvin went scoreless in a game vs NY last year. Ask northcyde – he predicted Marvin would score 19 in that game

wordsmithtom

November 13th, 2012
9:09 am

Speedy Claxton analogy does not hold water. He got a new contract. DH has an expiring contract. It was an issue of cutting losses on Marvin to get salary flexibility next year. 2012 a rebuilding year. Not pitching it all in the gutter for a lottery shot, but finding out who will fit in the future and using the cap space to go out and get guys who will make an impact. JJ and Marvin weren’t good enough to get us over the top. We had to make changes. But to say DH =Speedy just doesn’t understand the business of NBA.

justin

November 13th, 2012
9:11 am

No, speedy claxton wasn’t on a 1 year deal. If you want to compare contracts to Speedy’s, you should look at the one we gave Marvin.

57 States...

November 13th, 2012
9:14 am

…of Confusion??? Marvin? Really???? C’MON MAN!!!

Ken Strickland

November 13th, 2012
9:16 am

Like I’ve said, I really like this team. This team has the potential to be really good, provided LDrew settles on a set starting lineup and stops catering to the opposition by always trying to matchup to them rather than forcing them to matchup to us. KKorver has started to come around and is putting a lot of pressure on DEFs.

While he won’t be mistaken for a DEF stopper, he apparently learned a DEF lesson or 2 while playing with the DEF minded Bulls. He’s no longer a DEF liability like he’s been in the past, which is good. I still can’t comprehend the logic behind LDrew placing ATolliver ahead of IJohnson in the rotation, especially at PF. Tolliver doesn’t rebound, defend, or score inside as well as Ivan.

With 9 new players on the roster, at some point Drew has to settle on a starting lineup and allow it to develop some team chemistry, which will go a long way towards reducing the high # of turnovers. With JJ gone, we’re seeing a much different JTeague. He’s able to run the OFF, get players involved, and keeps the DEF honest by probing and penetrating.

He seems to have struck a nice balance between assists and scoring. Josh had a very nice gm, considering the circumstances. He took a few ill advised jumpers, but several of his other jumpers were the result of the shot clock running out.

He and Al worked beautifully together down the stretch and the Blazers had no answer for them. Right now, Josh, Al, Teague, Williams, and Zaza, seem to be the only players with defined roles on this team. At this point, Korver, Tolliver, Stevenson, and Harris don’t know from gm to gm if they’ll be starting or coming off the bench, or what position they’ll play.

Ken Strickland

November 13th, 2012
9:22 am

57 STATES-Woody had us ballin, even with a slow, unathletic, none penetrating, one dimensional, total DEF liability at PG, that is until the playoffs started. Remember how they started ballin last yr after he took over? Do you also remember what happened to them in the playoffs?

KevinM

November 13th, 2012
9:24 am

We never got out $$ out of Marvin….he got 2 big contracts from us for his spotty appearances.
Do I expect much more from Harris? Not really, but we move towards a better future with Marvin in Utah and Harris a back court contributor.

Hawks at 3-3, about what you expect from a Drew team.

Terrell

November 13th, 2012
9:24 am

Just Joe

Don’t you think part of the reason they rank so low in Offensive rebounds is partially due to the fact that they make a decent % of their shots? If you’re in the top 10 in fg % chances are you’re not gtting a lot of offensive rebound oppurtunities.

Mike is Back

November 13th, 2012
9:33 am

I miss the game again…dang it sounds like I should have recorded this game instead of Clips.lol

Way to bounce back Josh!

Own told you’ll Teague THE TRUTH!!

GOOD WIN…GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

O'Brien

November 13th, 2012
9:56 am

FTPB,

Najeh,

It is still incredibly early, but so far Lou is averaging a career high in turnovers, a career worst in FG% and assist/turnover ratio, and is tied for the fewest FTA/game in his career since he started getting real minutes. Hopefully things pick up for him soon..

Could it be the LD effect?

O'Brien

November 13th, 2012
9:57 am

Good team win for the Hawks. But…

The Trail Blazers used a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter to take an 82-80 lead with 5:40 remaining,.

Is it just me, or do the Hawks always have these quarters when their offense goes away? It happened against the Pacers, it happened against the Clippers, and it happened against the Blazers.

I admire the fact that the Hawks will fight back, but it is disturbing that they go through these offensive droughts. We are too talented for that to happen. Could it be the LD effect?

O'Brien

November 13th, 2012
10:01 am

When we traded for Devin Harris, there were some people on here who wondered whether or not he would be our starting PG. Luckily, he wasn’t, because I have been disappointed in his play. And on top of that, he gets injured.

Melvin,

Was it you that wanted JJ Hickson last year? He looked god last night.

Doc,

When Marvin’s contract is up, I would gladly sign him to be our backup SF (only if the price is right, of course).

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
10:02 am

Brilliant passes by Josh down the Stretch to feed Al..

Need more of that from the Hawks Bigs, especially late in games..

C-Viv, you got that right: “Hawks Stole A Victory” from the young guns of Portland..Whew…..

Reggie

November 13th, 2012
10:03 am

Did someone actually say Marvin Williams equals more wins? Ever watch Marvin play? Didnt think so

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 13th, 2012
10:05 am

Offense went to sleep vs Miami too. That’s what you get FOR NOT PLAYING ANTHONY MORROW. FIRE LD

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
10:10 am

Mr Ferry will have to up grade his coaching staff and Bigs to make this team an elite contender that he envisions in 2 years..

Nice dream…

O'Brien

November 13th, 2012
10:11 am

imo, i think Ferry was lobbied by LD to sign Tolliver, and since LD was in the last year of his contract, DF wants to do all he can to help him succeed.

Because James should have been kept instead of Tolliver. James had an NBA skill (imo), rebounding. Tolliver is a tweener who does not do anything well. Which makes it that more surprising that Tolliver is getting more minutes than Ivan. I’m sure Ivan cant wait to get up out of here (or for LD to be fired).

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
10:12 am

Fact: without Josh outstanding play down the stretch the Hawks lose to Portland!

What? You thought the other guy was going save the day? Hehehehehehe

Just Joe

November 13th, 2012
10:12 am

Terrell…that definitely contributes, but our %’s of offensive rebounds to chances is pretty low (can’t look it up at the moment). This is nothing new though, LD’s philosophy is more focused on transition defense than offensive boards. It’s interesting because for what was supposed to be a fast-paced offense, we aren’t taking alot of shots. It works both ways too, our opponents aren’t taking a ton of shots either, and yet we’re still towards the bottom of the league in the # of offensive rebounds allowed (last night & the Houston game did not help).

Those stats I posted, as well as our 3-3 record, just show that we’re a very avg team. The good news is that the defense is decent, and we can hopefully improve the offense through familiarity (hopefully turnovers go down), better shot selection (no 3’s for Josh), rotation changes (More Ivan, Less Tolliver, More Morrow, Less Harris), TRADES!!!, and a COACHING CHANGE.

doc

November 13th, 2012
10:13 am

ob, i would too on 15 to 20 cents on the dollar to sund’s contract which puts him in legit backup pay scale for a back up sf. no prob his getting 1.5 mil a year as back up. marvin is worth that, just not 8 mil a yr.

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
10:23 am

Josh did a magnificent job denying LaMarcus to operate in his comfort zones on the floor…

He gave Aldridge fits and thus the struggle most of the night for LaMarcus, but once the defensive switch occurred, Oh Boy….

Astro Joe

November 13th, 2012
10:26 am

Just Joe, I predicted that our TOs would increase this year due (in large part) to a more uptempo/fast break offense. And you’re right, LD values transition defense over offensive rebounds… I’m not sure that either way is right or wrong, it just depends on the coach. I missed the Clippers game, but if they had a ton of TOs while NOT trying to mimic the Jamaican track team, then that is a problem. A bunch of TOs while runnning is one thing, a bunch of TOs in the half-court is unacceptable.

Rod from College Park

November 13th, 2012
10:29 am

“He gave Aldridge fits and thus the struggle most of the night for LaMarcus, but once the defensive switch occurred, Oh Boy….”

LOL

vava74

November 13th, 2012
10:31 am

I think that the silver lining of these games, so far, is that Teague seems to be evolving into a bona fide PG.

His assist numbers are quite good, considering the reduced number of minutes on the floor and the fact that the Princeton offence is not PG centered.

I have not been able to follow the games but just looking at some of the highlights and Teague appears to be more assertive and making some good entry passes.

Jamaaliver

November 13th, 2012
10:34 am

I’d take Hickson over Josh any day of the week.

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
10:39 am

I’d take LaMarcus over Al, 365….

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
10:47 am

Hickson was feasting last night..

Astro Joe

November 13th, 2012
11:04 am

Hickson probably wanted to play well against his home town team. Too bad he doesn’t play like that more than 1 out of every 4 games.

Just Joe

November 13th, 2012
11:07 am

There is no uptempo in this years offense. 81 shot attempts per game. Last year? 81 shot attempts per game.