Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 94, Bobcats 91 (updated)


Vivlamore reporting.

The Hawks’ winning streak continues – now at six straight – but the Bobcats made them work for it.

Right down to the final five seconds.

Josh Smith scored 13 of his 17 points in the third quarter as the Hawks regained a lead they would barely hold in a 94-91 victory over the Bobcats Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

The winning streak, the best current run in the NBA, is the Hawks’ longest since they opened the 2010-11 season with six straight wins (Oct. 27-Nov. 5, 2010).

The Hawks (9-4) nearly lost an 11-point fourth-quarter lead. The Bobcats pulled to within one point, 92-91, on a deep 3-pointer by Ben Gordon with 29.1 seconds remaining. The basket, with two Hawk defenders on him, was part of Gordon’s 20-point fourth quarter.

On the ensuing possession, the Hawks then ran the shot clock down but Lou Williams missed his 3-point attempt and left the Bobcats with 5.2 seconds.

However on the sideline inbounds play, Ramon Sessions’ pass to Gordon was wide and went across the court and out of bounds. The officials reviewed the play because Smith lunged at the pass with an outstretched arm. After a lengthy look they ruled Smith did not touch the ball and awarded the ball back to the Hawks.

“No, I didn’t touch it,” Smith said. “I think if I would have touched the ball it would have went in a different direction. It didn’t. So it was a good call by the referees.”

Bobcats players, including Sessions, believe Smith did touch the ball. However, they conceded there was not conclusive evidence to overturn the original call.

Al Horford sank a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Smith, Horford and Williams scored 17 points apiece. Smith added 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks. Horford had 11 rebounds and six assists.

Gordon almost single-handedly snapped the Hawks winning streak with his fourth quarter.

“We did not defend Ben Gordon,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said of the Bobcats’ rally. “He got too many good looks. When you are playing against a guy like that, who can shoot the way he can, he got off to a good start and he made shots. We allowed too much separation when he was coming off screens. He just had too, too many good looks.”

Gordon finished with a game-high 26 points. Smith said he warned his teammates that the guard was capable of getting a hot hand.

“I was telling those guys, I got drafted with that guy,” Smith said. “He has done it to us before. I’m telling them that this man can really put numbers up so when he hit those couple of 3s he got comfortable. I knew if we didn’t get aggressive on him it was going to be a long fourth quarter.”

The Hawks expected a tough game from the Bobcats (7-7), who were coming off the worst loss in franchise history – a 45-point defeat at the Thunder Monday. The Hawks have been in close games throughout the six-game winning streak. Their average margin of victory is seven points.

“These games in the past one of them we would have dropped,” Horford said. “We wouldn’t have come out with enough energy, little things like that. This year we are doing a good job even though it was closer than we would have liked, we are getting the wins.”

The Bobcats led 45-43 at halftime after erasing a nine-point second-quarter deficit. Down 33-24 after Williams hit a 3-pointer for the Hawks, the Bobcats went on an 18-2 run and led by seven points. The Hawks answered with an 8-3 run of their own to only trail by a basket after the first two quarters.

“I told our team at halftime, I thought that team was playing harder than we were,” Drew said. “I thought that they were getting after us more than we were getting after them. … They were actually bringing the game to us. That is totally unacceptable in our building. We have to be more focused and we have to do things with much, much more urgency than we did in the first half.”

The Hawks used an 11-1 run early in the third quarter to retake the lead before holding on the Bobcats’ comeback.

The Hawks lost Kyle Korver in the third quarter with back spasms. Korver missed Tuesday’s practice with a stiff back but was in the starting lineup Wednesday. He grimaced and grabbed his back after a missed 3-pointer. He went to the locker room and did not return.

The Hawks will go for their seventh straight win on Friday, hosting the Cavaliers. The Hawks last won seven straight in Nov. 2009.

- Chris Vivlamore

116 comments Add your comment

Smokey

November 28th, 2012
10:03 pm

So when a player has a good stat night you cant criticise any other area of their game? Strange rules..

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
10:05 pm

two for Bob McAdoo

Rev in Tampa

November 28th, 2012
10:06 pm

Dang, C-Viv! The scoreboard ain’t even cooled down and you have the recap blog up. You, sir, are a power-blogger.

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
10:06 pm

5×5 would have been spectacular against the Lakers or the Spurs or the Celtics or The Heat…

The Bobscrubs? ah not so much…

JaeEvolution

November 28th, 2012
10:07 pm

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
10:09 pm

Thank you Mr. Sessions with your two huge mistakes that kept your team from stealing a win out the jaws of a loss..

Mr Sessions is lost out there.Coach him up ASAP, Pronto!

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
10:09 pm

Durant 33 points

Harden 14 points

Smokey

November 28th, 2012
10:10 pm

Good stat nights against scrubs when you still airball long J’s and brick clutch FF’s dont say much to me.

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
10:10 pm

Harden 2-14 from the floor.His shot has been blocked 3 times!

Tough night? Ya thinks?

Durant with 35

High-sider

November 28th, 2012
10:13 pm

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
10:14 pm

Durant with 37

Harden 3-16

Melvin

November 28th, 2012
10:17 pm

Hawks 28ast and 9 to. 3 to 1 TO rate. Nice…

doggoneit

November 28th, 2012
10:19 pm

Smokey: shove it! Atlanta was suppose to do Nothing this year!!!! Now they have the longest

current active win streak in the NBA! Go Hawks!!!!

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
10:21 pm

Just win baby win!

Jamaaliver

November 28th, 2012
10:28 pm

Our bigs put in some serious work tonight. Good scoring totals, few turnovers.

We still need some size, but good win. Morrow will hopefully get some well earned PT in Korver’s absence.

Sameba

November 28th, 2012
10:33 pm

Now this becomes the rule: Hawks always play on the level of their opposition. Something is quite bad going on with the coaching…

The only good thing was that Horford got his jumper back.

Smokey

November 28th, 2012
10:34 pm

@ doggoneit im a blog vegetarian and a hawk supporter. I’m an ATL fan not a player dick rider. If see deficiencies I will point them out. This team has done well (with some luck) but if your happy with the current level of production from this group of players then that’s cool. I think they can do better against such scrubalicious teams.

paian

November 28th, 2012
10:41 pm

Wow, has anyone noticed jerry stackhouse shooting performance lately, that guy has been winning games for the nets honestly. He would’ve never got the playing time hes getting their here haha.

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
10:43 pm

The Brooklyn Nets are 10-4…

Joe must be thrilled..

Smokey

November 28th, 2012
10:44 pm

Yeah our scrubs from last year are looking a lot better in other unis – coaching perhaps?

cdog

November 28th, 2012
10:58 pm

josh smith can:t stand prosperity.larry drew is afraid of him.one the coaches on the bench should keep reminding him he is not a three point shooter. he almost cost the hawks the game.drew should limit him to shooting around the basket.he would be deadly but drew is afraid to snatch him. atlanta fans need to be like oklahoma city fans.they are too quiet at home.they are very strange.the clock keeper don:t do the home team no justice but overall, great win hawks! lets go drill washington friday night

Jae Evolution

November 28th, 2012
11:04 pm

A concerning stat: In 64 games last year where Lou played 20+ minutes he didn’t get a trip to the FT line only 7 times, he had 8 games of no FT attempts total. This year he has already 5 games where he hasn’t attempted a FT, 3 of which he played more than 20 minutes.

soullrenaissance

November 28th, 2012
11:06 pm

Josh Smith had a great game and was effective in various ways. 17 points 13 rebounds 6 assists and 5 blocks along with 3 steals on a consistent basis would garner him his first all-star appearance.

Grandad

November 28th, 2012
11:06 pm

What`s a blog vegetarian ?

Grandad

November 28th, 2012
11:18 pm

I only had the opportunity to watch th 4th qtr.
* [sound off]
Was Korv inj ?
____________________________________________

LD criticism alert !

Why in Tarnation was Josh in the game [5.4] sec on the clock,
with Charlotte fouling intentionally & immediate !?!
JJenkins could have sat in a freezer for 47 and a half min …
and still had a better chance of hitting his free frows than Josh !
No way on earth should Josh have been on the floor.
Was Morrow inj ? … Heck Zaza had a better chance to make a FF.

beone

November 28th, 2012
11:18 pm

Smith actually played pretty smart bball during the 3rd qtr, then late in the 4th the old Josh brain just took over his body.

soullrenaissance

November 28th, 2012
11:19 pm

Lol at Grandad. I’m a blog vegan…Could Ferry make a play for Phil Jackson? The Hawks need a leader of men. Drew is still an observer. Horford had another superb display. No K Love but solid.

Grandad

November 28th, 2012
11:19 pm

* [TV on - sound off]

Joe

November 28th, 2012
11:20 pm

It’s a given that Josh is stat stuffer and a gifted athlete. However he still continues to make some of the dumbest plays I’ve ever witnessed from a supposed top tier player. Granted the Hawks would be a non playoff team without him but they will never be championship caliber team with him. I know, they’ve won six in a row, so we should be happy but I guarantee there’s not one blogger on here that thinks the Hawks have a chance to do much in the playoffs. Here’s hoping DF can make some decent moves that will improve the team.
From a frustrated season ticket holder

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
11:30 pm

Grandad,

Korver has had back spasm for a few days now.. They came back to pain him..He hung up his shoes for the night and was escorted back to the lockers! Oh boy…

Larry Like Sessions appears to be lost at times…Larry and Josh almost cost the Hawks a win tonight.. Thank goodness the Bobcats played themselves out of a great opportunity to steal one after that crazy difficult 3-ball Gordon hit with the clock running down to close the gap to a 1 pt. deficit near the end of regulation..

Whew!!!!!

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
11:32 pm

Grandad, I should have up you one and turned the channel…LOL!

What a brutal game to watch at times…

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
11:36 pm

Good to see Chauncey Billups on the floor again…

This Clippers/ TimberWolfs game is a good one!

Clipps only up 2 at the half, 57-55

Grandad

November 28th, 2012
11:37 pm

Slimj

Mrs G`Dad gets to share the TV.
Hence, the 4th qtr only.
She`s worth it.
41 yrs & countin` !

Sameba

November 28th, 2012
11:42 pm

Grandad:

Why don’t you watch games on a computer?

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
11:42 pm

Hahahahah! Yes she is Sir!

Slimjr

November 28th, 2012
11:45 pm

NBA TV just showed iso Joe go tricky dribble on Pierce and broke Paul’s ankles as Joe rises and hits an 19 footer…Nice

Rusty

November 28th, 2012
11:52 pm

Enter your comments here

Grandad

November 28th, 2012
11:54 pm

Sameba

I could;
I also could watch in another room.
But two old folks sharing time together is really special.
Bless her heart, she has watched 10,000 B-ball games;
between my games [coaching] our three son`s games,
our daughter`s games, our youngest son played collegiately [travel].
Now he`s in his 2nd yr coaching … it`s started all over again.
Like I said:
if she wishes for me to sit and watch one of her TV shows;
“you better believe I`m all in”.

But thanks for the concern !

My blog friend are my community now !

Najeh Davenpoop

November 28th, 2012
11:55 pm

“What`s a blog vegetarian ?”

Someone who doesn’t have blog beef.

Grandad

November 28th, 2012
11:56 pm

My blog friend[s] are my community now !

* friends … Plural *

Najeh Davenpoop

November 28th, 2012
11:57 pm

Nothing wrong with criticizing a player where criticism is due, but when people show up talking about how if the team loses it’s because of the guy who put up a near-5×5 and anchored the defense the entire game, all because he clanked a couple of free throws, they are missing the forest for the trees.

Sameba

November 28th, 2012
11:57 pm

Grandad

Understood.
Good to hear you have such a nice family :-)

Grandad

November 29th, 2012
12:02 am

Sameba

I`m truly blessed, and thanks again.

Grandad

November 29th, 2012
12:04 am

Najeh

I don`t think you meant me.

I only wanted Josh out with [5.4] remaining;
so as not to be fouled intentionally.

Rusty

November 29th, 2012
12:05 am

This team wins games inspite of LD’s poor coaching.LD again takes JT out when we get a big lead ,then leaves him out way to long usually losing the lead & screws up JT’rhythem. Lou is not a pg & Harris is playing like KH of last year. Again we doesnt play Ivan. The defense looked like last year with Josh & Al chasing Gordan all over the floor.

Grandad

November 29th, 2012
12:13 am

Rusty

I have a theory.

I think they are playing DHarris as many min. as possible,
show-casing him for possible trades.

If he were languishing on the bench,
he would lose trade value.
____________________________________________

* Not a defense of LD, per se

Najeh Davenpoop

November 29th, 2012
12:33 am

Al Horford had a pretty interesting interview with Grantland today. Mostly just random sh-t but this caught my eye:

Have you noticed that Danny Ferry has brought more of a stat-based approach to your game plans?

I’m sure they’re probably doing all their numbers back there, but they’re not really showing them much to us. He’s just brought a totally new approach here, as far as work and attitude. We all have noticed it: Encouraging people to work. Getting in earlier. Staying in after. And when you’re working, you’re working hard. I think in the past we’ve kind of gotten away from things like that as a team. You need to have an edge, and I think he has brought that. And we’re buying into that.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 29th, 2012
12:34 am

No, Grandad, I was responding to the first comment, which was responding to something I said during the game thread.

Smokey

November 29th, 2012
1:00 am

@ Najeh i agree totally. Josh still doing josh stuff even when hes having a good game warrants criticism imo perhaps more of a coaching critique than anything else. I certainly wasn’t suggesting he would have cost us the game, i’ll leave that foolishness for the many other takers.

Buddy Grizzard

November 29th, 2012
1:31 am

“Energy” is to blame for the 18-2 run in the third quarter. Not the fact that Drew had three guards on the floor together when it started.