Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against John Jenkins #12 of the Dallas Mavericks at Philips Arena on February 1, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
After an embarrassing 105-87 loss against the Miami Heat on Sunday which pushed the Hawks to a 3 game losing streak, the Hawks desperately needed a win at home against the Dallas Mavericks to get back on track.
The Hawks did exactly that, and someone responded with a their best game of the season on top of that.
The game didn’t start off well for either team. Dallas shot 2/10 from the field and the Hawks were 2/9. The first Field Goal wasn’t made until 8:25 in the first quarter, which was a 3 pointer from Kyle Korver. Korver (16 pts) struggled against the Heat as he went 0/6 from the field, but he seemed to find his groove last night as he hit another three pointer after a timeout in the First Quarter. Mike Muscala checked in early for Tiago Splitter, who was ruled out before the game due to a nagging hip injury that has cost him a handful of games this season. Deron Williams had to leave early as well after taking a hard fall from driving in the paint against Paul Millsap and Mike Muscala. Unlike the loss against Miami, the Hawks were knocking down their shots and saw themselves take a 12 point lead.
In the second quarter, Atlanta went on a run that extended their lead to as much as 16 points. The Mavs tried to come back; however, the Hawks offense was in a groove. Near the end of the quarter, the Mavs went on a 11-0 run to after J.J. Barea and Wesley Matthews hit back to back 3 three pointers to trim Atlanta’s lead down to 5. Jeff Teague responded with a equalizer from behind the arc to stop their run, but Matthews answered back with a 3 of his own. Jeff Teague continued his solid night by answering once again with another three pointer (14 points in 1st Half) ,and the score to end the half was 53-46.
The second half was all about Jeff Teague or as we call it “Teague Time”. Chandler Parsons (19 PTS) hit a three pointer to bring the lead down to 8, but Jeff Teague continued his hot night and answered back with another three pointer. Minutes later, Jeff Teague pulls another 3 and Kyle joined him with his own and lead was back up to double digits. Teague and Korver combined for 9/13 from behind the arc in the game, doing most of their damage in the third quarter. Nobody had an answer for Jeff Teague as he was getting to the paint at his own convenience, hitting from behind the arc, and pulling up from mid-range. He posted 13 points in the third quarter alone and Atlanta held a 86-73 lead entering the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Hawks cruised and didn’t allow the Mavs creep back in the game.
The Hawks will fly up the coast to play the Philadelphia 76ers (7-41) on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center. Make sure you tune in to watch, tip-off starts at 7:00. GO HAWKS!
Malik Brown: (@Retro_Boy)