Recap: Hawks vs. Jazz
Atlanta managed to pull off a third straight road win on their West Coast trip over the Utah Jazz, 91-84. The team got off to a slow and sluggish start in the beginning of the game turning the ball over multiple times and couldn’t get in a groove offensively like we’ve seen in a few games this season. Due to their slow start, Atlanta gave up 27 first quarter points.
In the second half of the game, the Hawks offense flowed like we’re used to watching throughout the season. Al Horford stated in his post game interview that the Hawks’ pick & roll defense that changed the game. Atlanta went on two solid runs, in which they outscored Utah 23-11 and posted a 11-0 run. Also, Tim Hardaway Jr., who is starting to emerge as one of the Hawks key contributors off the bench scored 6 straight points to give Atlanta a 66-57 lead. The Hawks held the Jazz to an impressive 15 points in the third quarter, which was a season-low. In the 4th quarter, M-V-TEAGUE, who led the way with 24 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals, stole the show as his speed and aggression towards attacking the Jazz in the paint was too much for Utah’s defense to handle. “I thought Jeff was good everywhere tonight,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said during his press conference after the victory. “He’s in an aggressive place and mindset. He’s seeing some holes and some opening where he can attack. When he’s attacking, everything else comes.”
If you’re a big basketball fan and especially one that watch the Atlanta Hawks can see when Jeff Teague plays aggressive, the whole team steps up to the plate and perform very well. Even Al Horford had given Teague a compliment about Teague’s magnificent effort,”This is the Jeff I’m used to seeing and hopefully he keeps that going because when he plays at that level, we’re a very tough team to beat,” Atlanta’s Al Horford said. “It’s just been different for us because I feel like teams know what we’re trying to do.
Overall, the Hawks shot 47% from field goal and 8/25 from downtown. Other contributors such as Paul Millsap & Al Horford helped lead the Hawks to victory with 29 points & 16 rebounds combined. As for Utah, Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 22 points and Derrick Favors chipped in 16 points of his own. In the Eastern Conference, the Hawks currently remain the 5th seed with 1 1/2 games behind the Miami Heat for the No. 4 spot. The Hawks wrap up their 5-game road trip tomorrow up in Canada as they’ll face Eastern Conference All-Star team, starting point guard, Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors(42-20). Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports Southeast and mobile on FoxSports Go. GO HAWKS!!!!!