Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 92, Bulls 75 (updated)

Video: Every Atlanta starter scored in double figures in the Hawks 92-75 win vs. the Bulls on Saturday night. Atlanta ended a two-game losing streak with the win. The AJC’s Chris Vivlamore reports.


Vivlamore reporting.

Lou Williams provided the energy the Hawks needed desperately.

Big time.

Williams was in the starting lineup and scored 14 first-half points as the Hawks dominated the Bulls 92-75 Saturday night at Philips Arena.

The Hawks led by as many as 26 points, a cushion built in early in the fourth quarter, en route to a win remarkably different than their previous four games. The Hawks had lost three of those four games, trailing by at least 17 points in each, including an 18-point Friday at the 76ers. The win came in overtime for the lowly Wizards.

It was a different story Saturday.

The Hawks (16-9) put on impressive effort, particularly in the second quarter, en route to the victory that snapped a two-game losing streak. The victory was the 100th of Larry Drew’s head coaching career.

“I think it’s a lot of little things,” Kyle Korver said of the difference between the past two games. “We got embarrassed (Friday) night. C’mon, we did. It was a game that we felt we should have been in and we got smacked pretty good. So you are going to come back and play hard.”

Al Horford led the Hawks in scoring as he rebounded from three sub-par games. Horford finished with 20 points (9 of 12 shooting) and 10 rebounds. He had totaled just 25 points on 9-for-35 shooting.

“I was taking the same kind of shots (before),” Horford said. “They felt good and they just weren’t falling. Tonight, they were. It was a better night. But, more importantly, we won and we won playing the right way.”

Williams finished with 16 points and Korver (13), Josh Smith (12) and Jeff Teague (11) rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Hawks.

The Bulls (15-11) had a two-game win streak snapped and suffered their first road loss in the Eastern Conference this season. The loss came one night after the Bulls, the Central Division leaders, defeated the Knicks in New York. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 11 points.

The Hawks have victories over four of the six current division leaders this season – the Bulls, Grizzlies, Clippers and Thunder.

“We just don’t want to disappoint ourselves against good teams,” Smith said. “We get ourselves revved up for anybody we play because you can get beat anytime. We wanted to be able to play hard. This team is a physical team and we wanted to match their physicality. We wanted to try to exceed it. Tonight we did that.”

The Hawks started with a small lineup despite the front-court size of the Bulls. The disadvantage was an issue Friday night in a lopsided loss at the 76ers.

The Hawks jumped all over the Bulls in the second quarter and took a 53-37 halftime lead. They outscored the Bulls 36-16 in the quarter which included a 17-2 run. Williams punctuated the streak with an and-one dunk with 2:55 remaining the quarter, prompting a pose for the screaming crowd. Williams finished with 14 first-half points to pace three double-digit scorers with Horford (12) and Kover (11).

“It was different for me,” Williams said. “I’m a rhythm player. Once you get used to a certain role you kind of thrive on that. For me to be thrown into the starting lineup was a little different. Luckily it worked out for us and we’ll see what happens in the future.”

The Hawks ended the second quarter with an 8-0 run which included two 3-pointers from Korver. His buzzer-beater to end the half sent the Hawks rolling into intermission.

It was a slow start for the Hawks who shot just 36.8 percent (7 for 19) in the first quarter. They missed their first six shots before a 3-pointer by Williams. The teams combined to miss their first 10 shots of the game.

Drew and players singled out Teague’s play, particularly on the defensive end, to start the game and set the tone.

“I wish I knew the answer to that,” Drew said on why his team played so differently from night to night. “As a coach, it’s my job to look at the team and access what I see. One word, to me, sums it up and that’s energy. I don’t care what our strategy is going into the game or what the game plan is, if we don’t put energy into what we do, we won’t be successful. Tonight we were very energized from the very beginning. Last night we weren’t. You can see the difference.”

The Hawks completed a stretch of four games in five days and are now off until Wednesday when they host the Pistons.

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89 comments Add your comment

High-sider

December 22nd, 2012
9:07 pm

High-sider

December 22nd, 2012
9:07 pm

kwooden1

December 22nd, 2012
9:07 pm

Very nice win, the Bulls didn’t have it tonight! Merry Christmas to everybody!!

High-sider

December 22nd, 2012
9:08 pm

I didn’t see this blowout on the horizon. Hawks 16 – 9.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 22nd, 2012
9:11 pm

Nice way to close out an otherwise subpar week. Pushing the tempo in the 2nd quarter changed this from a close game to a blowout. Big minutes from Zaza off the bench in the first half.

cp

December 22nd, 2012
9:12 pm

Good win tonight. I didn’t think they would win after they got manhandled last night but you never know with this team. Good to see Al find his offense because he had been struggling lately.

Good to see the rooks get some garbage minutes but man Scott is so unimpressive. It would be better to just let him stay down in the D league and work on his game.

vava74

December 22nd, 2012
9:14 pm

Thibbs, Boozer and Hinrich handed this to us in a golden platter.

I think tonight even Muggsy Bogues could have posted Boozer all night long…

High-sider

December 22nd, 2012
9:15 pm

To: DawgNole

Correction (FTPB): “I wasn’t bragging. Najeh said I didn’t understand basic math or something like 4th grade [math]. I was just lettin’ him know. You didn’t have to say nothin’.” [sic]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoX8PQ4Dm4Q

High-sider

December 22nd, 2012
9:18 pm

Both teams attempted few free throws.

Bulls made 6-of-8 free throws and the Hawks made 9-of-10 free throws.

http://www.nba.com/games/20121222/CHIATL/gameinfo.html?ls=iref:nbahpgt0021200391

DawgNole

December 22nd, 2012
9:20 pm

High-sider
December 22nd, 2012
9:15 pm

To: DawgNole

Correction (FTPB): “I wasn’t bragging. Najeh said I didn’t understand basic math or something like 4th grade [math]. I was just lettin’ him know. You didn’t have to say nothin’.” [sic]
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Braggers never think they’re bragging. Nobody on a Hawks blog cares about your course load or your level of mathematical aptitude; that’s all I was saying. Time to let it go. Why don’t you watch the Falcons now? They’re not as impressive as tonight’s Hawks so far, but at least they’re ahead.

High-sider

December 22nd, 2012
9:22 pm

To: HawkFan
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HawkFan
December 22nd, 2012
8:48 pm

It took drmaryb to save us all from the genius High-sider posts. If she wasn’t already the blog MVP then she definitely is now. Go Hawks and since it’s Christmas we still love the High-sider too.
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Merry Christmas to you [too] from High-sider aka “The Genius.”

Najeh Davenpoop

December 22nd, 2012
9:24 pm

“That’s the type of thing that, as a coach, will really have you pulling your hair out”

-Hawks’ bald head coach Larry Drew

drmaryb.(""_*).

December 22nd, 2012
9:25 pm

Most Intelligent one!

‘drmaryb,

Was the above [post] short enough for ya?

Get ya “scroll-on.” LOL”
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Wassup Shawty? My man High-Side! I miss you sumthin’ awful. Good to see you haven’t lost your sense of humor!

Let’s Go Hawks!

High-sider

December 22nd, 2012
9:32 pm

drmaryb,

What’s up baby-girl? Hope it’s all good.

cp

December 22nd, 2012
9:33 pm

The line of the night came from Nique when he dropped this gem

“There’s not a lot of time in the league when you can play with your sibling, let alone your brother

Big Ray

December 22nd, 2012
9:45 pm

Have to say that the most surprising stat all night is the rebounding differential – won by the Hawks 45 to 31.

Glad to see Korver get 6 boards (more than Smoove, who couldn’t seem to get to the glass), Zaza give us 8 off the bench, and Horford lead the way with 10.

Horford goes for 20 and 10 against a team that usually knows how to lock him down. Must be a fluke…

Lou Williams with a very nice game…

Pretty much efficient play allt eh way around by the Hawks.

Call it Bulls having nothing for us tonight, call it them being tired, call it what you want.

I call it a blowout win…

drmaryb.(""_*).

December 22nd, 2012
9:49 pm

Dyamic Duo!

cp … you ARE the [ DUI's MVP ] tonight. By far, hands down. lol

Justin Case

December 22nd, 2012
10:55 pm

Let make one thing clear. This loss by the Bulls DID NOT come at the United Center. Our performance against OKC at Phillips was a disgrace and unforgivable.

Games like that (OKC loss) leave a bad taste in fans mouth and they don’t care to come back. Unless it is to cheer for the other team. You can’t build a fan base by getting blown-out at home ala the OKC and Golden State games.

Sameba

December 22nd, 2012
11:20 pm

One should not get overly excited over today’s win. There was a long streach at the beginning of the game that left a bad taste. The Hawks could not score and were 0 for 7. Now, let’s imagine we play against team like GS with strong shooting guards on the roster. What would most likely happened? Correct, the Hawks would be trailing by 8-10 points from the beginning of the game. In that case, one cannot predict whether our team could turn the game around…

Slimjr

December 22nd, 2012
11:23 pm

Hawks Win!! Hawks Win!! Wow did not see this one coming…..hmmmmm

Rusty

December 22nd, 2012
8:19 pm

“Sautée I was behind,watching game on DVR ,big deal they are winning now,stupid coaching will usually not give good results.”

Hey Rusty, hit the fast forward button and skip the lame commercials..That should get you caught up pretty quick…

Slimjr

December 22nd, 2012
11:26 pm

VaVa74,

how could you state that Amare is washed up and he has not even laced up his shoes for the season yet?

What are you, Nostradamus Jr? lmao!

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

December 22nd, 2012
11:28 pm

Starting Lou and Teague was the key. Korver is not a ball handler so it took a lot of pressure off Teague.

Slimjr

December 22nd, 2012
11:29 pm

Vava74= Nostradamus Jr.

“Michel de Nostredame[1] (14 or 21 December 1503[2] – 2 July 1566), usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He is best known for his book Les Propheties (The Prophecies), the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this book, which has rarely been out of print since his death, Nostradamus has attracted a following that, along with much of the popular press, credits him with predicting many major world events.[3]

Most academic sources maintain that the associations made between world events and Nostradamus’s quatrains are largely the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations (sometimes deliberate) or else are so tenuous as to render them useless as evidence of any genuine predictive power.[4] Nevertheless, occasional commentators have successfully used a process of free interpretation and determined ‘twisting’ of his words to predict an apparently imminent event. In 1867, three years before it happened, for example, Le Pelletier did so to anticipate either the triumph or the defeat of Napoleon III in a war that, in the event, begged to be identified as the Franco-Prussian war, while admitting that he could not specify either which or when” -Wikipedia-

Slimjr

December 22nd, 2012
11:30 pm

Brilliant move by Larry, starting Lou..

Looks like he found a NEW STARTER?

Buddy Grizzard

December 23rd, 2012
12:59 am

“Glad to see Korver get 6 boards”

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing with Korver’s defense on Deng, whom I thought was a legit all star candidate last year. Then he had the ball denial on Butler that I mentioned in the comments. I didn’t think Korver could guard small forwards but his defense on Deng was night and day better than Tolliver’s on Deng. Korver definitely has physical limitations as far as quickness, but man, this is a smart basketball player.

Sameba

December 23rd, 2012
1:53 am

It appears Korver played a very good SF game 2night. Too good to be true?

I believe two things could be the reason for KK’s great performance.

a) Deng was tired after the game against Knicks (as well as the whole team as they have a short bench). Especially the 4th quarter there was devastating for them…

b) KK knows well the way Deng plays (as they were teammates). So he was well prepared to go against him.

Don’t know which of the above (a or b) played a greater role, if any. Anyways, let’s see what happens next…

Simba

December 23rd, 2012
2:10 am

The Hawks played good tonight. Korver’s defense has actually been impressing me lately. He’s not a great one-on-one guy, but he’s amazing in team defense. He’s probably the best on the team at swiping in on doubling the post, which is a great asset to have with Josh and Al as bigs. KK’s a lot more responsible for the Hawks forcing a lot of turnovers than people would think.

Also, Lou Will on where the dunk ranked on his highlight list: “Light.”

Jamaaliver

December 23rd, 2012
3:51 am

Slim Jr:

All Star AL play well enough for you?

vava74

December 23rd, 2012
4:11 am

Slimjr,

I said “COULD” not “IS”.

Amar’e has had multiple small injuries during the past couple of years and that, IMO, spells trouble.

He could be on that same type of status that McGrady had been for the last 5 years of his career: healthy for short spells, limited for long stretches.

His knees are uninsurable. His back has been giving him trouble…

I see Amar’e future as a very very very expensive James Edwards for the Knicks (I am sure you remember the Buddha).

vava74

December 23rd, 2012
4:14 am

Jamaaliver
December 23rd, 2012
3:51 am

I have no freaking idea how tall and how talented you are from a basketball point of view but one thing I can guarantee you:

LAST NIGHT YOU WOULD HAVE SCORED ON BOOZER IN THE POST

If anyone wanted to see a Jamal Crawford’s defense impersonation in the post, Boozer just showed us.

Not saying that Al did not play well (he did, and scored on Noah too), but he practically went against a cardboard figure in several plays.

Big Daddy

December 23rd, 2012
6:46 am

Great game by the Hawks!! Jeff Teague’s play continues to show his improvement and confidence. He is going to get to a point where he has real confidence in shooting his jumper and that is going to move him into a different group of point guards. Al had a monster game, but I hope he works on his form for his jump shot. He hardly gets off the floor when he takes it and he is going to find tight defense and getting it blocked come playoff time if he doesn’t improve it. This wasn’t Smoove’s best game but he certainly has been playing All-Star caliber basketball this season. Drew’s adjustable starting lineups are seeming working out well for him. Finally, Zaza and Lou are having one heck of a season.

We appeared overmatched against the really improved, Mark Jackson led Golden State Warriors and the probably Finals west coast representative Oklahoma Thunder (think Seattle hates they left?). We have time to work it out and maybe make some trade before the deadline that will solidify the small forward slot. Great game against and opponent who had the Knicks number the previous night. GO HAWKS!!!

Just Joe

December 23rd, 2012
6:48 am

Hawks should check in on Demarcus Cousins. Bring this kid back to the Southeast. Put him on a Hawks team that wins more than they lose. Surround him with veterans that know how to prepare. Let Ivan mentor him on how to keep his emotions in check (ok, that was a joke).

I’m sure the Hawks won’t take a hard look though because of his history. I predict the young man will end up in Boston. KG, Jet, Pierce, Rondo, and Doc can control him. Boston could build a package around Brandon Bass, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Fab Melo, and/or Jared Sullinger (those are supposedly Boston’s trade chips that have also been tied to Marcin Gortat). IMO, if Boston can get one of these centers, they become a very scary team again.

Just Joe

December 23rd, 2012
7:24 am

Hawks were 9-5 in November. 7-4 so far in December with Detroit, at Cleveland, Indiana, and at Houston left on the schedule. 10-5 would be another outstanding month. Nothing wrong with 9-6 either. Way to go Hawks, but keep your phone charged up Danny boy.

W.R. Terrell

December 23rd, 2012
8:07 am

Last night was possibly one of the better games the “Smoove” played, only one dumb 3 pointer attempted. I congratulate him on a fine effort, if he played that way all the time it would be better for him and for the HAWKS. When the “Smoove” plays within himself there is more of a cohesiveness as far as timing, the ISO disease does not affect the team and unity tends to dominate their play.

O'brien

December 23rd, 2012
9:16 am

I was on record predicting a hawks win. Glad to see it come through. An it’s good to see Al rebound (no pun intended). When Al is making his shots, and Korver doing what he does, hawks are much more competitive.

Speaking of Korver, I do not think he is a good defender. But I think he understands the principles, knows where he should be, and gives 110%.

Hawks win the rebounding battle, and shot well from the FT line. Two key ingredients for victory. Keep it up Hawks.

Duluth Joe

December 23rd, 2012
9:32 am

It was a great win at home. Need those home wins to keep fans interest up. On top of it, I really hate how Boston and Chicago fans show up to support their teams. So it is doubly good to get a win and shut their fans up(I am sure now that NY is winning we’ll see their fans show up too).

I wonder if Noah has a mental block playing Al. The two are good friends, and I sometimes think Noah may not be going all out when he plays Al, and Al knows him better than most. And Kirk really doesn’t look like he got much left in the tank.

My only problems from last night, not playing the big lineup is not smart. Zaza should start and Ivan should play ahead of Tolliver off the bench. The two dunks by Josh and Lou were highlights of the game. They energized the crowd.

Now if we win next three, Hawks are in great shape.

Blast

December 23rd, 2012
9:45 am

Hawks won, Falcons won.

It was a good night.

Enough said.

Justahawkfan

December 23rd, 2012
10:28 am

Did the hawks play last night? The game must have had the reverse affect on the hawks

steve brown

December 23rd, 2012
10:32 am

Josh “AB” Smith – had a beauty of an air ball last night.

steve brown

December 23rd, 2012
10:50 am

Big Daddy how much is Josh paying you to say he is “playing all-star caliber ball this season.” It is good to start my day off with a laugh.

keith

December 23rd, 2012
10:52 am

Outstanding win by both our Teams last night…..I am pleased to see that or “Big Guys” showed up and played grown man Basketball last night. The Chicago Bulls are “no joke.”

HawkFan

December 23rd, 2012
11:14 am

As for Korver’s defense the great thing is that he plays the best defense he could play. Very in control, smart, effective. Old school defender as opposed to what a lot of people call great defense today. They only look at steals or blocks whereas it is also good defense to force a defensive rebound or prevent a shot at all. Most of what Korver does will never show up in a box score. Probably got a lot of it from Thibs in the Windy City. LD has been unable to coach it out of him yet.

HawkFan

December 23rd, 2012
11:24 am

WR Terrell…. Regarding Josh play last night

Good points. I also thought he was very good offensively letting the game come to him. I think he probably prefers to play that way but gets frustrated when the rest of guys don’t get it done. In that scenario even his jump shot is a better option than no shot at all. I like Lou in the starting lineup for this very reason. It puts another scorer out there that Josh can trust. If he trusts his teammates to score he will be more effective down low and on offensive boards. Lou starting gets Josh into a good rhythm.

keith

December 23rd, 2012
12:59 pm

” A Blind Squirrel finds a nut once in a while”

‘Long term success of this Basketball team going forward will require more “Toughness.” The Chicago Bulls played a very hard fought, “literally” basketball game against the New York Knicks the previous night. Having said that. we must not get “too high’” with our wins, and “too low” with our losses going forward!!!

High-sider

December 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

To: “Mr. Stuck-on-Stupid” (Yeah, I know I’m wrong and hypocritical for saying that.)

An Example on How to Calculate Per-Minute Statistics:

Point(s)/Minute(s) Calculation:

1. (actual) points per game = pts/gm; (actual) minutes per game = mins/gm

2. pts/gm / mins/gm (pts/gm divided by mins/gm) =

3. pts/gm x gm/mins (pts/gm multiplied by gm/mins) =

4. pt(s)/min(s) = point(s) per minute(s)

How’s that for basic (4th grade) math? (That was a rhetorical question.)

Do you still think that “per-minute” statistics and (actual) “per-game” statistics are (totally) unrelated? (That was another rhetorical question.)

keith

December 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

“Myopic Midget Monkey Minds”

However, I am sure that the Myopic Midget Monkey Minds will come out in force and proclaim that we are now somehow better than the Miami Heat!!! They will also say that Horfords 20/10 output is the real deal…..NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

High-sider

December 23rd, 2012
1:17 pm

Najeh Davenpoop
December 22nd, 2012
7:28 pm

“A metric that takes standard NBA statistics, and instead of breaking them down by production per game, breaks them down by production per minute. ”

Right. It takes standard NBA statistics and breaks them down per minute instead of per game. You know that by “standard NBA statistics” they mean TOTALS, right? Not per game stats?

Per game and per minute have nothing to do with each other. If you give me total minutes played and total of any other stat, I can give you per minute stats without knowing anything about games played.
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“Basketball statistician John Hollinger has said of per-minute statistics, “It’s a pretty simple concept, but one that has largely escaped most NBA front offices: the idea that what a player does on a per-minute basis is far more important than his per-game stats. The latter tend to be influenced more by playing time than by quality of play, yet remain the most common metric of player performance.”

Let’s say a player averages 12 minutes of playing time per game, and scores 8 points per game. He is scoring at a rate of 0.67 points per minute. One can then look at what his rate projects to for any given amount of playing time, such as 36 minutes per game. Using our example, this player scores 24 points per 36 minutes of playing time.”

http://www.sportingcharts.com/dictionary/nba/per-minute-statistics.aspx
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So, per-game and per-minute stats “have nothing to do with each other”? Yeah, right (sarcasm).

Slimjr

December 23rd, 2012
1:22 pm

Yes, very pleased with Al’s play.

I said on yesterday’s blog, Al took off those restricting knee pads against Philly the same day I posted he should do just that and has increased his foot speed so there is no reason with his new found mobility he should not be able to put up 20 and 10 on a nightly basis…

Hey Call me Nostradamus Jr! hahahahaha

Al must be reading these blogs cause he’s making subtle changes based on the blog input!

Good for you AllStar Al! Keep it up Sir!

This team will go only as far as the Bigs will take them! Its about time they are held accountable for success or failure. They have relied on the guards way too much. Its time to play BIG MAN’s GAME and will thy self!

Slimjr

December 23rd, 2012
1:25 pm

Tell yourself I’m a [BIG MAN] and will not be denied on this court tonight!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

December 23rd, 2012
1:26 pm

I am a Giant and cannot be stopped in the post!!! [Hunk Hogans voice]