Hawks 81, Magic 72

By Michael Cunningham

There was a real sense of relief among the Hawks when they got off the road and away from the virus that swept through the team on the four-game trip.

After seven days away, most of them spent trying to fend off the bug, the Hawks figured they’d find a safe haven at Philips Arena tonight. The Hawks were healthier but the effects of that West Coast voyage still lingered.

The Hawks eventually shook off a sluggish start and overcame a lackluster finish to pull out an 81-72 victory against the Magic.

“That was a really tough game for us to play,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “I could tell guys were still weary from the West Coast. We didn’t have our legs early. I could see guys gasping for air in the first four minutes. This game was going to have to fight from beginning to end. This Orlando team plays hard and when they are down they just keep coming. I’m very happy that we gutted it out.”

The Magic (3-7) had lost four of five road games but the Hawks (5-4) didn’t expect an easy game. Orlando has adopted a scrappy, spirited style in the wake of All-Star center Dwight Howard’s departure to the Lakers over the summer.

The Magic engaged Atlanta in their kind of game to stay close in the first half. The Hawks came out of halftime playing at a faster pace with crisper passing.

They opened the third period with an 18-8 run, led 65-49 at the end of the quarter and were up by as many as 24 points in the fourth period.

“We definitely picked up the energy,” Hawks center Zaza Pachulia said. “We were able to get stops and run. Josh [Smith] got involved, Al [Horford] got involved and we got fast-break points.”

But after building the big lead the Hawks couldn’t sustain the effort.

Atlanta’s starters were set to watch the final quarter from the bench until Orlando cut the lead to 78-66. That prompted Drew to send Teague, Horford and Kyle Korver back in to finish off the victory.

Horford had 15 points and nine rebounds, reserve guard Lou Williams had 14 points and Teague added nine points and seven assists. Atlanta shot 38 percent from the field but held Orlando to the same mark while collecting 12 steals and scoring 24 points off 19 turnovers.

In the the third quarter the Hawks made 11 of 21 shots, held Orlando to 27 percent shooting and recorded four steals. Harris had three steals and Teague had three assists during the quarter.

“I thought Jeff and Devin did a really good job picking up the tempo,” Drew said. “I told both of those guys at the start of the third quarter, ‘You guys have got to set the tempo for the rest of the game and get out and run and make the rest of these guys run with you.’”

The Hawks started sluggishly with three turnovers in their first five possessions, setting the tone for the half. Atlanta trailed 23-21 after shooting just 38 percent in the first quarter with four misses close to the basket. The Hawks shot even worse in the second quarter (33 percent) but held Orlando to 14 points in the period to lead 41-37 at halftime.

“It’s always like that after a trip,” Pachulia said. “It’s normal, I think, to be tired. But we did a good job of turning things around. We needed this win. No more excuses.”

The Hawks are not scheduled to practice tomorrow, allowing them extra time to catch up on rest before facing the Wizards on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

“We have the rest of this week to kind of settle back in,” Williams said.

88 comments Add your comment

Macaroni Tony

November 19th, 2012
10:42 pm

Rusty

November 19th, 2012
10:48 pm

Anyone on this blog who doesn’t think that JT is the best pg we have had here in years is stupid,anyone who thinks Lou Williams is a pg is stupid,anyone who thinks LD treats JT fairly is stupid,anyone who thinks LD really knows what he is doing is beyond stupid.

Smokey

November 19th, 2012
10:48 pm

I only caught a few mins of second half, looked like an ugly game.

keith

November 19th, 2012
11:05 pm

Al Jefferson stat line 2-night= (14 points 16 rebounds 1 Block). This is what we need to close the deal moving forward. Jefferson minus Josh puts us in the Eastern Conference Finals. Anyone who does not think so mist be STUPID! Anyone who thinks that we should not trade Josh must be STUPID!

tyger

November 19th, 2012
11:12 pm

The Magic (3-7) had lost four of five road games but the Hawks (5-4) didn’t expect an easy game.

1. The Magic are scrubs…
2. The Wizards are scrubs…
3. The Cavs are scrubs…
4. The schedule is kind…

Josh – 3-10, 3 reb ???
Korver – 2-11, 3 reb ???
Stevenson – 0-3, 0 reb???

5. Luckily, they were playing scrubs…

Brian N Smyrna

November 19th, 2012
11:15 pm

I was hoping Josh was going to come out a monster this year with it being a contract year. At this point I could careless if they trade him right now. I still can’t get a grasp of this team. Hard for me to watch them.

roertg

November 19th, 2012
11:31 pm

Jefferson
Smoove
Krover
Willams
Harris

roertg

November 19th, 2012
11:32 pm

I agree with the 1 troll using 4 different names above. Al horford needs to be traded if this team has a hope or prayer. and Al horford for Al Jefferson trade is the right one for the hawks.

Common Sense ???

November 19th, 2012
11:32 pm

Hawks reserve guard Lou Williams scored a team-high 14 points, Horford had 15 points and nine rebounds and Teague added nine points and seven assists.

Team-high? hmmmmm….. is 15 still more than 14? Guess not.

T Bone

November 19th, 2012
11:36 pm

Teague is a brainless idiot and Al is a heartless coward. both are the reason the hawks are boring and are going no where. Trade Al’s sorry as s and throw in teague.. lets somebody else try to get something out of these space cadets.

Its time for that change. The hawks chemistry sucks with Al on the team The hawks are a much better team with out Al

TRADE AL TODAY.. may be then the fans will come back and start to believe.

doc

November 19th, 2012
11:42 pm

excellent win for the hawks. essentially madeita three quarter game, second in a row to be up by twenty late in the game. also encouraged to see oppositions total points that suggests some tenacity on defense.

2 FOR JOHN DREW

November 19th, 2012
11:54 pm

A win …. is a win
Is winning good , or does losing help make DF’s decisions a bite clearer … I’d rather always win & let the chips fall where they may

I MUS WRITE

November 20th, 2012
12:57 am

Well Dam T Bone……..

Mike

November 20th, 2012
12:58 am

I agree with everything Rusty said in that second post. And anyone who disagrees is stupid.

2 FOR JOHN DREW

November 20th, 2012
2:12 am

What’s a superstar ? ….. I don’t think there are that many superstars in the NBA

Buddy G

November 20th, 2012
3:13 am

“I’d rather always win & let the chips fall where they may.”

Co-sign.

Just Joe

November 20th, 2012
6:45 am

Cleveland, with Irving out a month, keeps coming up in my mind as a good landing spot for Devin Harris. I could see a deal similar to Harris for Luke Walton (to be released), Omri Casspi, and Miami’s 1st rd pick getting done. Cavs also own what projects to be two early second rd picks (their own and Orlando’s). They have a protected first belonging to Sactown, but I don’t see them moving that pick, or their own 1st rounder.

Hawks would have to go out and find a PG for the bench, but that could be done. The goal in my mind is to turn as many of these expiring contracts in to first rd picks as possible.

ag

November 20th, 2012
7:01 am

I agree with Just Joe. I think we should trade D. Harris for a pick or a SF.

T- Bone, outside of a couple of games every year, moving Horford and Teague will not bring fans back. They were never there. Even when we had a superstar, the Omni was not always full.

I was very surprised to see how many fans were at the game yesterday. I did not expect no more than 7,000. If I had to guess it was about 12,000. Looking at the attendance, we had 15,000+ ( although that certainly does not seem right).

tim

November 20th, 2012
7:03 am

I went to the game..

But, NEVER AGAIN.

I watched 2 “professional” teams shoot 38%.

High school can do better.

A bad product in a bad league with a bunch of “me first’ employees.

Josh Smith is the worst. Trade the loser.

ag

November 20th, 2012
7:07 am

Josh clearly had his worse game of the year. Like I said earlier, LD usually gets it. He finally stopped playing Tolliver and now Ivan is stepping up. Ivan had a really good game. I posted before, the Hawks have a very soft schedule outside of the game Saturday night.

sam'l

November 20th, 2012
7:07 am

I think some of you are missing the point. The Hawks were up by 20 points tonight. Maybe we can build on this rather than dismantling the team. To beat the top teams……smarts and all out hustle and great teamwork will be required.. Could this group do it? Tonight they looked very good at times.

Big Baby

November 20th, 2012
7:32 am

trade OSH for Vucivic. That guy took osh’s lunch momey every time they played.

Peter

November 20th, 2012
7:33 am

Good defense I guess.. 16 points an awful 4th quarter for the Hawks..

No TV… so the Atlanta Spirit Group getting what they deserve. Yawn !

Big Daddy

November 20th, 2012
8:04 am

This is a win. The team did what it had to do to come out on top. Coming back from a long west coast trip is always draining. The time change plays havoc with your body, plus the flu seemed to be running rampant through the team. The fans will come back when the team wins consistently.

I think the team has done much better than I thought they would with such a small lineup. Hopefully, Ferry has some plan we don’t know about in getting the team more competitive.

Using a fake name

November 20th, 2012
8:31 am

Glad some of you guys aren’t GM’s

Trading Josh Smith for Vucivic is the silliest thing I’ve ever seen.

Trading Horford for Jefferson is stupid because they are basically the same player.

Trying to blow the team up because they played terrible last night MIND YOU THEY JUST CAME FROM A WEST COAST TRIP(LONG). Yeah this blog is stupid is what really is the problem.

Big Baby

November 20th, 2012
8:37 am

not as stupid as trading Marvin for a broke leg small fry.

Edgewood Adam

November 20th, 2012
9:11 am

Any explanation as to why it was not televised? I can not remember the last time a game was not televised. It would be nice to get an explanation of C-VIV. Oh wait, hes on vacation….. in the middle of the season. Hook us up MC.

Terrell

November 20th, 2012
9:12 am

Big Baby,

Marvin isn’t doing anything in Utah and Devin comes off our books next year so if anything he could be traded for a better role player or just not re-signed next year and the money be used elsewhere.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 20th, 2012
9:14 am

” I could see a deal similar to Harris for Luke Walton (to be released), Omri Casspi, and Miami’s 1st rd pick getting done. Cavs also own what projects to be two early second rd picks (their own and Orlando’s).”

I have a hard time seeing anyone trade a first round pick for a guy who just got traded straight up for Marvin Williams. I think a 2nd rounder is the best case scenario for Devin, unless the Hawks are willing to take on long-term salary (which they are not). And regardless (or irregardless), with only 3 PGs on the roster (and Lou isn’t really a PG), the Hawks may opt to just keep Devin around. I don’t think he’s a bad backup PG, but he just shouldn’t be starting.

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gees

November 20th, 2012
9:27 am

Why don’t you guys chill out and let Ferry do work. If you expected a better team than last year you need to reset your expectations now. We are going to have tons of cap room next year, we have some good pieces in place. Josh is a top 5 defender in the league and it shows, the hawks defense is one of the best in the league with a bunch of guards on this squad. JT is a solid and continues to develop and Al ain’t too shabby either.

gees

November 20th, 2012
9:29 am

Great news about this website too! I had no idea!

Harpie

November 20th, 2012
9:30 am

Get Rid of Drew!!!!!

drmaryb.(""_*).

November 20th, 2012
9:52 am

On The Edge!

“Hook us up MC.” -Edgewood Adam-
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Uhhh … When has MC ever hooked you up?

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Peter Cotton Tail!

“No TV… so the Atlanta Spirit Group getting what they deserve. Yawn !” – Peter -
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This game was televised on NBA TV. I watched it on [ f i r s t r o w s p o r t s (dot) eu ].

MsDee

November 20th, 2012
10:04 am

B4 letting any player go, DREW MUST BE REPLACED!! We wont truly know what we have til our head coach is history. And NOT just any NEW coach, but a SEASONED coach. Someone with experience!! I still want Jerry Sloan.

Hawkeye

November 20th, 2012
10:07 am

Hee,hee,heeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!!!!!

Ditokushatl

November 20th, 2012
10:07 am

Trade Jeff Teague yeah right……….

DS

November 20th, 2012
10:09 am

Wait…did someone here suggest trading Smoove for Vucevic? Wow…this blog has really gone to the crapper…

DS

November 20th, 2012
10:10 am

And someone also said Teague was the reason this team is boring???? He’s been the only exciting player this year. You people should watch at least 1 Hawks game before posting on a Hawks blog.

Just Joe

November 20th, 2012
10:11 am

Najeh…Miami’s 1st rd pick is all but assured to be one of the last 3 or 4 in the first round. Some teams consider an early 2nd rd pick to be more valuable than a late 1st since the 2nd rounder doesn’t come with a guaranteed salary structure. I have no idea if Harris can bring back a 1st rd pick, but that would be a goal of mine even if it left us short-handed at PG.

Veteran point guards (that have been starters recently) on expiring contracts that are available by trade are few and far between. Devin Harris & Jose Calderon ($10M+ salary) are the first two that come to mind. Mo Williams (if the Jazz struggle)???

There’s a half-dozen or so PG’s on 2 & 3-yr deals that could be had though.

MsDee

November 20th, 2012
10:14 am

Our team isnt bad, looking on paper. We have some great quality players on our team. Drew just doesnt know how to use them properly. What coach cant keep a consistent starting unit? What coach doesnt have the smarts to ride the HOT hand til he either starts missing or appears to be tired?? What coach allows a SG(Lou) to become a PG when you already have 2 point guards on the team ALREADY in Teague and Harris??? What coach CUTS a rebounding specialist (one that this team NEEDED badly in Damion James) to keep a player(Tolliver) with skills we already have commitment to on the team(Harris, Korver,Ivan)???? What coach ALLOWS their forwards and centers to grab a rebound THAN run the floor like a PG INSTEAD of MAKING THEIR BUTTS give it up to a PG or guard PERIOD????? And last but not least, what coach allows their “STAR” player to consistently jack up jumpers after jumpers after jumpers after jumpers after jumpers after jumpers after jumpers after jumpers after jumpers………..u’er…tired…..after jumpers after jumpers after jumpers…well, u get the point by now!!

Astro Joe

November 20th, 2012
10:23 am

Just Joe, a player’s value is based on the team who wants him. I think Devin could bring us the Heat draft pick. But I certainly would want to know that there is a quality PG who has given us a hand-shake agreement before I trade Devin. If Teague lands wrong and twists his ankle, the season is doomed (which wouldn’t be the worse thing IMO).

9 games into the All-Star Election campaign and Josh Smith is looking more like Ron Paul than anyone else in the recent GOP field (devoted followers with little chance for victory).

wordsmithtom

November 20th, 2012
10:38 am

Ron Paul…sheesh, more like Ru Paul….

hot.trod.87

November 20th, 2012
10:54 am

Lost 2 players w/ MORE playoff experience, but picked up 3 (possibly 4) players with ADVANCED playoff experience. We should actually be doing better than what we have. Having Marv, JJ, AL, Josh, & PG is no easy task, but at least make improvement. Lou Williams & Kyle Korver have been the MOST consistent. Morrow as well when he gets minutes. Gotta get Josh, AL & Zaza more touches INSIDE. Teague & Stevenson can not start together. Tolliver, Jenkins, & Scott should NEVER be on the court together as two are inexperienced and one is just not good. Lou, Morrow, & Teague are small, BUT they get out and run.

Just Joe

November 20th, 2012
11:02 am

AJ…This is a very average team IMO (currently tied for 7th in the East), and I would hope that Ferry will not become short-sighted by trying to keep the team competitive for “this” year. I still believe guys like Morrow, Korver, and Harris will best serve the future of this team through trades. Korver is the guy that I would have the hardest time letting go of, because I think he provides a perfect example for how John Jenkins should build his game, and he’s capable of playing either wing position.

With the Hawks’ plans to have cap space next summer, if any of these players make it to the end of the season, then the Hawks’ bird rights to them as free agents will likely be renounced as each will carry a cap hold equal to 150% of their current salary (Morrow $6M, Korver $7.5M, Harris $12M+).

Slim

November 20th, 2012
11:08 am

Why trade al hour ford for al Jefferson, essentially the same player, however al is a better defender.

hot.trod.87

November 20th, 2012
11:10 am

Still don’t see solid production out of our returning guys on a night in and night out basis. Teague is too streaky… Not enough assists out of him to dictate his teammates’ offense. More of his offense, he dictates. Teague is a point guard acting in the capacity of a shooting guard whereas Lou is a shooting guard acting in the capacity of a point guard. Still leads Teague in assists.

doc

November 20th, 2012
11:24 am

najeh the kid was very impressive last night. he was stud. was even more surprised at the caoch’s deviation from the usual starter doesnt lose the job due to a injury. might be seeing a reenactment of the bledsoe/brady transition a decade or more ago in new england. the kid beat up on a very good defense.

meanwhile on the other side of the ball there may be a worse line than philly. if cutler had been there he would be pinch drunk and dinished from the head up. glad they have finally stopped covering up the
concussion scam. felt sorry for campbell. he is a hurtin dude today and worse tomorrow.

doc

November 20th, 2012
11:27 am

meanwhile when does the 2011-2012 version of josh show up? tired of the man with no j in osh.

doc

November 20th, 2012
11:35 am

when can we admit a mistake and bring damian jones back, make ivan a rotation guy and jettison tolliver. we need crusty grinders ballers more than another tweener not doing either well. jones could have been this years version of ivan to back fill on cheap depth.

really few complaints on few expectations. much prefer watching this team than the last two versions with jj and marvin. once they figure out each other they may be trouble and the next month is perfect to do that with a lot of home games against the dregs of the league.

go hawks!