Hawks top Clippers for fifth consecutive win

Jeff Teague scored 19 points and dished out 11 assists and an inspired but short-handed bench sparked the Hawks to their fifth consecutive win, a 104-93 victory over the Clippers on Saturday night at Philips Arena.

The Hawks (8-4) outscored the Clippers 34-19 in the third quarter, and their bench, missing two key players, outscored the Clippers’ 20-0 in the first half. It was the Clippers’ (8-5) third consecutive loss and ended their four-game trip.

“It was a really gutsy win for our ball club,” coach Larry Drew said. “I thought the bench did a phenomenal job, not a good job, a phenomenal job in getting us going.”

Lou Williams, one of those bench players, sparked the team in the second with nine points. He finished with 18 of the reserves’ 31 points.

“I was just playing aggressive,” he said. “That’s what I bring to the table, just to be aggressive and try to create as many plays as I can.”

Zaza Pachulia, who started, had his first double-double this season, with 19 points and 12 rebounds, as five Hawks scored at least 10 points. The Hawks will play host to Charlotte on Wednesday and will try to extend their win streak to six.

The Hawks were without guard Devin Harris, whose status is described as day-to-day because of an injured big toe on his left foot. He has averaged 6.2 points per game. They also watched DeShawn Stevenson closely, as Drew said the team normally does when playing the second of back-to-back games. They ended up not needing Stevenson, who has averaged 6.1 points per game.

They were also without Josh Smith for most of the first half after he picked up two fouls in the first 5:18. He and coach Drew had a short but terse exchange as he was subbed out, but the bench carried the team in the second quarter as the Hawks outscored the Clippers 30-17 to take a 51-41 lead into the half. Drew downplayed the severity of their conversation, pointing out that Smith responded in the second half to score all 17 of his points.

“Like I say, when we find our stride we are going to be a pretty good team,” Smith said. “We are starting to gel and everybody’s starting to figure out. We look pretty good.”

The Hawks opened a 27-point lead before the Clippers cut it to 10 behind the sharpshooting of former Hawk Jamal Crawford, with less than seven minutes remaining.

Kyle Korver made a 3-pointer in the corner to stop the run as the Clippers’ comeback ran out of steam.

Drew said the key for the Hawks was to defend the Clippers’ pick-and-roll and match their rugged style, something they failed to do in the second half of their only previous meeting this season, an 89-76 win for L.A.

Drew also said he didn’t want the Hawks to fall in love with jumpers, something they had mostly avoided during the win streak. That didn’t happen early against the Clippers. Only eight of the Hawks’ 21 points came in the free-throw lane in the first quarter, but they trailed by only three, despite the Clippers looking much fresher.

Teague and Williams began attacking more in the second quarter, helping the Hawks roll off a 16-0 run to take a 35-24 lead with less than eight minutes remaining in the half. Pachulia scored five points in the run and Teague added four.

“We were timid in the first quarter,” Teague said. “But Lou came in and made plays and we fed off him.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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High-sider

November 24th, 2012
9:52 pm

High-sider

November 24th, 2012
9:53 pm

High-sider

November 24th, 2012
9:53 pm

High-sider

November 24th, 2012
9:56 pm

REPOST [FTPB]

High-sider
November 24th, 2012
9:52 pm

Rusty,

I’m sure you’re very pleased with Jeff Teague’s performance [and playing time] tonight. Jeff Teague almost played 45 minutes tonight; that’s a lot of [game] minutes.

Slimjr

November 24th, 2012
10:00 pm

terrell

November 24th, 2012
10:01 pm

Jenkins looks small out tthere. Or is it just me? And btw, LD said forget yall “fire LD” folks. He need a job too. lol. 8 and foe without Joe.

Slimjr

November 24th, 2012
10:02 pm

JEFF TEAGUE IS THE HAWKS MVP TONIGHT!

Larry has figured out he must play Jeff Teague 42-45 minutes per night and this team becomes a 3rd seed or 2nd seed…ESPN maybe right? Hmmmmm

50-55 wins..

Mr.E

November 24th, 2012
10:10 pm

Slimjr as much as I’d like to believe that but I think Teague’s extended minutes today also have to do with Harris not playing.

jgsbirds

November 24th, 2012
10:13 pm

great win tonight hawks…now all you “bandwagon” clipper fans go back to dunwoody, kennesaw and marietta! and please don’t let me hear another person say, “i’ve always liked the clippers.” unbelievable!

zsa zsa is playing awesome, teague looked great as well! keep it rolling wednesday!

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

November 24th, 2012
10:19 pm

Hawks the hottest team in the NBA right now. Not missing a beat without Joe.

High-sider

November 24th, 2012
10:37 pm

Off Topic [kinda/sorta]

Once again, the Wizards snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Bobcats dispel Wizards in 2OT, 108 – 106. Hawks fans, your Hawks [team] is currently 8 – 4 and your [Southeast] Division rival, the Wizards [team], is currently 0 – 11. I hope this give you [Hawks fans and bloggers] a little perspective when you start criticizing the Hawks and LD.

soullrenaissance

November 24th, 2012
10:45 pm

Ignition

November 24th, 2012
10:46 pm

It’s Teague’s team right now, he should get the ball majority of the time and allow the offense to flow through him. He’s become not only a sharp shooter but I had no idea he was that athletic.

brigadierjerry

November 24th, 2012
10:47 pm

high-sider,

are u a real hawks fan?u seem somewhat upset hawks beat clippers and jamal not a great game. also u r complimenting hawkss fans for the win. r u a bigger clippers fan than hawks cause jamal is o clippers?be honest. if u r that is fine and ur choice

kuhndog

November 24th, 2012
10:47 pm

Great game I questioned weather the Hawks had what it took to beat a good team, they played great for 3 quarters in LA. JT is areally good point guard all star type of player right now.27 played well and need I say more keep it up. The JJ trade now looks like a no brainer JT needs some back up.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 24th, 2012
10:56 pm

So far this season:

Joe Johnson per-36 stats: 14.7 pts, 3.0 reb, 3.5 ast, 0.7 stl, 0.2 blk, 1.5 TO, 38.7% FG%, 2.9 FTA, 84.8% FT%, 45.2% eFG%, 13.4 PER

Jeff Teague per-36 stats: 16.3 pts, 3.1 reb, 8.5 ast, 1.9 stl, 0.6 blk, 3.5 TO, 47.6% FG%, 1.9 FTA, 94.1% FT%%, 51.6% eFG%, 19.3 PER

Different roles on different teams, so all this should be viewed in context, but I think it’s safe to say that Teague has adjusted to having the ball in his hands more a lot better than Joe has adjusted to having the ball in his hands less.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&p1=teaguje01&y1=2013&p2=johnsjo02&y2=2013

High-sider

November 24th, 2012
11:04 pm

brigadierjerry,

I like the Hawks and the City of Atlanta [GA].

Harpie

November 24th, 2012
11:24 pm

As soon as Harris is back, Drew will cut Teague back to 20 minutes a game – just wait, Drew is an ass who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Check back at the end of the season to see the results.

High-sider

November 24th, 2012
11:51 pm

^Correction: “…I hope this give[s]* you [Hawks fans and bloggers] a little perspective…”

tom

November 24th, 2012
11:52 pm

Hawks not skipping a beat! They’ve also been in every game so far this year. So far so good!

Rusty

November 25th, 2012
12:01 am

High-sider you can bet that I’m happy that JT is getting large minutes,he is the key to the hawks.i always felt that he had in him a good chance of being really good,too bad that LD always had no faith in him always playing an over the hill MB & then giving 2 first round picks for a declining KH.if JT was a snake LD would have got bit,too bad.LD sure as hell this season wanted to start Harris over Teague. Now LD needs to play our 2 rookies minutes,can’t afford to waste high draft picks.

Point-forward

November 25th, 2012
12:04 am

Can anyone explain the difference between regular stats and the per 36? Thanks

Rev in Tampa

November 25th, 2012
12:16 am

“Hawks not skipping a beat! They’ve also been in every game so far this year. So far so good!”

You know, I haven’t even thought about those embarrassing blowout games this year. Last year I was always waiting for the inevitable 20+ point loss because the Hawks were so undisciplined.

Getting rid of the Iso- and the Inviso- were really additions by subtraction.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

November 25th, 2012
12:31 am

Smokey

November 25th, 2012
12:34 am

This is the test for LD does he now use Harris as back up for teague while playing him 40 mins?
Also does he figure out that using Lou at the 2 keeps the flow of the offense gets him better looks and stops him hogging it. Can LD work out that all guards are not combo and cant play both positions?
Wont be long till we find out..

High-sider

November 25th, 2012
12:49 am

@Point-forward

Point-forward
November 25th, 2012
12:04 am

Can anyone explain the difference between regular stats and the per 36? Thanks
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“Regular stats” are “actual” statistics and “Per 36-Minutes” statistics are “theoretical” [projected] statistics if a player averaged 36mpg [minutes per game]. For example, if a player averaged 8ppg [points per game], 6rpg [rebounds per game] and 3apg [assists per game] while averaging 18mpg, then that particular player’s “Per 36-Minutes” statistics would be [or equate to] 16ppg, 12rpg and 6apg.

Slim

November 25th, 2012
1:03 am

Great game hawks, non believers “Eat It”.

Sam

November 25th, 2012
1:35 am

I think we need to pick up andris biedrins, He’s a quality player but just dosnt fit in warriors style of play and needs a fresh start, trade him for petro

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

November 25th, 2012
1:47 am

Sam – Petro’s trade value is in the negative.

Buddy Grizzard

November 25th, 2012
1:58 am

Seriously, Ken, Doc, anybody… please help me out with a link or source for this:

“And once again I’ll mention what DOC said about Drew admitting he made mistake in cutting DJames and KBenson in favor of JPetro and ATolliver.” – Ken S.

RA

November 25th, 2012
2:12 am

Here’s the thing. The win tonight should have raised some eyebrows. This is a team that beat Oklahoma City on the road and they mopped the floor with the Clippers tonight. Now, the smart money is on one of those teams to come out of the Western Conference Finals this year. I honestly believe that if they can play disciplined and smart basketball, they can be a much better team than anyone though. Hats off to Ferry. He put a competitive team together, at least, up until this point…

sam

November 25th, 2012
2:14 am

@Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde
So is biedrins’ at the moment

sam

November 25th, 2012
2:23 am

and if that is the case, then add tolliver to the trade, biedrins would relish in the hawks system

Honesty

November 25th, 2012
2:24 am

This is what happens when you don’t play Stevenson, Tolliver, and Petro (Yeah LD slipped up ans lost his mind at the end of this one and played him but still)

Buddy Grizzard

November 25th, 2012
2:59 am

Tonight’s game highlights why it was a poor decision to cut Damion James. Tolliver plays the same position as Josh, Al and Ivan. Ivan is obviously a bigger impact player. Tolliver is not filling the hole at small forward. Damion James would give this team a defensive presence at small forward that it sorely lacks, although DeShawn Stevenson has been a credible stop-gap.

JaeEvolution

November 25th, 2012
3:33 am

It makes you wonder if this team could feasibly be 10-2 right now if we had kept Damian. We lost two games vs Houston and Golden State for the SOLE reason of rebounding. if he were here I think we definitely take the GS game, but it is too late and I have nothing to prove this because I don’t know if LD even plays that energy bug.

vava74

November 25th, 2012
3:38 am

BravesFan79

November 25th, 2012
3:38 am

Notice how when Morrow was given minutes over Stevenson we scored over 100! Teague, Horford, Smith, Morrow, Korver is a deadly offensive starting 5 that most would not be able to match!

vava74

November 25th, 2012
3:39 am

interesting read.

RA

November 25th, 2012
6:29 am

I think that what many people in Hawks nation are forgetting is the fact that the Hawks are WINNING! I’m sorry the roster isn’t perfect. I’m sorry they’re 8-4 as opposed to 10-2, but you’ve got a team that’s playing it’s collective butt off, and winning. Can’t that count for anything?

tjhook

November 25th, 2012
6:31 am

Time to trade for Pau gasol. Only the Hawk leaving should be Al Horford. And I have seen his stats this year. The Hawks need a better halfcourt player, the Lakers need another body to help push the tempo.

Big Daddy

November 25th, 2012
6:39 am

Great win for the HAWKS. Jeff continues to show he can do what most of us thought he could if given a chance. Within a couple of years, I predict that his name will be mentioned with Rondo and Tony Parker. However, one cannot help but wonder what kind of night Jeff would have had if Smoove had been in the game. Josh seems more willing to pass the ball to Jeff now but still holds onto the ball too much. Let your point guard facillitate.

On the other hand, it is shows the capbabilities of this team that if one player goes out, others will pick up the slack. GO HAWKS!!!

Hawks_4_Life

November 25th, 2012
7:02 am

Missed the game but great win none the less. Hawks all day.

tjhook

November 25th, 2012
7:09 am

But RA is right, I am proud of the fight the team is showing. LD is to be commended for that

Just Joe

November 25th, 2012
7:29 am

Biedrins is set to make $9M next year. Let’s not mention him again.

ag

November 25th, 2012
7:41 am

BravesFan74, yes I agree – starting Morrow gives you a better lineup than starting Stevenson. Morrow can drive and shoot a floater, has a mid range shot and can shoot the long ball. Stevenson is one dimensional. LD will make adjustments, but rarely for veteran players (he did bench Williams last year). He should shorten the rotation – keep Stevenson on the bench and cut Harris minutes. Teague should play 35-42 minutes per night.

ag

November 25th, 2012
8:26 am

JT0 interviewed by NBA TV They asked JT0 where he heard Joe was traded. He said he was with Joe. He also added Joe had texted him. So…. how does that happen? “Joe has a really big house!” Jeff laughed. lol

Buddy Grizzard

November 25th, 2012
8:27 am

“Can’t that count for anything?”

It counts, RA, but I don’t think this team is going to reach its potential unless Ferry addresses the lack of a small forward on the roster. This team is too good to tank. Ferry isn’t trying to hold this team back in hopes of a lottery pick. But he needs to make some moves around the trade deadline and tweak this roster a bit to give it a real shot in the playoffs.

If no major trade happens at the deadline I would like to see the team cut Petro and Scott or Tolliver and sign Damion James and Keith Benson. That would give the team a shot blocker and a defensive stopper and rebounder at the three position. The Hawks would be much better equipped to make a playoff run with a small forward on the roster.

ignition

November 25th, 2012
8:38 am

LD doesnt start Morrow for defensive purposes, I don’t see it baring out so far but that his reasoning.
I personally like our big lineup with Al at power forward and Za Za at center the best, it gives us toughness.

cb

November 25th, 2012
8:46 am

Did anybody see the second half defensive stats that Fox sports showed during the Bobcats game. Somebody on that Hawks bench is good at making halftime adjustments. It doesnt matter if it is LD or Lester Connor or whoever. Our defense improves after halftime in PPG, Def FG%, and 3pt %. I know its early but LD is a decent coach. Ferry will have to look at extending him in the offseason if this continues. I bet he will still take the job on the cheap. & JT showing why we don’t need to go and spend 12 to 20M per year on a free agent point guard. Extend the little guy over the summer and spend the cash on a center & a small forward. Again, i know its early but pleased with what ive seen out of this team with no periennial all-star.