Hawks end their two game skid with a blowout win

Atlanta Hawks’ Dennis Schroeder, right front, tries for a shot as Philadelphia 76ers’ Nerlens Noel, left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Coming into last night’s game, the Hawks flew to Philadelphia in hopes of ending their two game skid and the results were satisfying to the ball club and Hawks fans as well. In one of their best outings of the 2015-16 season, Atlanta posted a 126-98 blowout victory against the Philadelphia 76ers . After the Hawks got off to a very slow start in the 1st quarter, the second unit led by Kent Bazemore had nine points and two steals over the final 3:12 of the third quarter to help the Hawks turn an 11-point lead into a 21-point advantage. Atlanta poured it on from there, surging to a 35-point lead en route to the most lopsided win of the season.
Atlanta’s 126 points was the second largest score posted by the team this season. Last night, the Hawks were able to get back to some of the basics such as the ball movement or “Bud Movement” as we like to call it as the Hawks had assists on 36 of its 49 baskets, with 12 players recording one. The Hawks are the only team this season with at least 36 assists in multiple games. The Hawks finished shooting 53% shooting for the contest and we saw them attacking the paint and getting to the free throw line. 
Atlanta’s second unit had a solid night in general starting with Tim Hardaway Jr. who we’ve seen in Coach Bud’s rotation for past two games provided a solid effort off the bench as he posted 8 points off 3/5 shooting from the field and 2/2 from behind the arc in 18 minutes. Dennis Schroder added 14 points off the bench as well, including 10 in the first 3 minutes of the fourth quarter. 
Last night was one of Kent Bazemore’s best games of his career. Philadelphia 76ers went on a 13-0 run in the third quarter to get back into the game, Kent Bazemore  took advantage of his turn to take over and with the assistance of Al Horford posting 18 points each, the Hawks didn’t allow the Sixers to get any closer for the duration of the contest.  Kent Bazemore led the way with 22 points shooting 3/8 from behind the arc and posted six rebounds and four assists.

Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose (1), goes up for a shot against Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas (4), and Kelly Olynyk (41), during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Chicago. (AP photo)

Atlanta returns back home Saturday to face former MVP, Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are currently on a 6-game winning streak after beating the Boston Celtics last night 101-92. Chicago is taking caution with Rose’s health after missing three games due to a sore hamstring. Overall Saturday’s game should be an intense game with a playoff atmosphere feel to the game at Philips Arena. 
Let’s see if our Hawks can put the Bulls’ winning streak to a halt. Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Southeast. GO HAWKS!!!!!!

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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