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The Hawks came back to the Phillips Arena Saturday night to play the Brooklyn Nets and finish their back to back. After losing to the Bucks the night before in OT, the Hawks were looking for some type of momentum to get back on track, and surely that’s what they did.
The team came out with some fire in first quarter passing the ball and hitting the open man. They had 9 assists on 10 field goals and the team was clicking. However, the Nets were able to stay close due to Thaddeus Young (8 points in 1st quarter) and Wayne Ellington (7 points in 1st quarter). The Hawks second unit came up big this game and played good defense and went on a 9-2 run , and the team was up by as much as 10 points. Dennis Schroder (15 PTS, 10 AST) was the most impressive off the bench as he racked up assist after assist and nearly took control of the game. Him and Jeff Teague (12 PTS, 7 AST) both combined for 14 points and 9 assists in the first half. The Hawks ended the half with a 55-48 lead.
In the beginning of the second half, the Nets fought back and went on a 7-0 to tie the game at 57. The Hawks answered back with a 10-4 run and didn’t look back after that. After having 10 points in the second quarter, Paul Millsap (21 PTS) continued his strong play and had 9 points in the third. After getting multiple stops on the defensive end, the lead was up to 15 at the end 3. The game was pretty much over in the fourth as the team put in the third string early to finish the game off. The Jeff Teague- Dennis Schroder combo finished the game with 27 points and 17 assists combined, and the bench ended the game with 53 points.
The Hawks look to carry on their impressive play to Monday when the Orlando Magic come to town on MLK Day. Early tip-off at 5.
Malik Brown (@Retro_Boy_)