One of the biggest keys to last night’s Hawks victory was their execution on both ends of the floor; as a team, they recorded a total of 16 steals while players Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore and Dwight Howard each had 20+ point games to lead the Hawks. Atlanta struggled keeping James Harden under control as he lead the Rockets with nearly a triple-double posting (30) points, (12) assists and nine rebounds. However, he only had 6 total points after halftime, which is an excellent adjustment. The Hawks’ pick and roll system is still a work in progress, but there’s improvement shown after every game. Millsap and Howard led the way with (53) points and (25) rebounds combined; Dennis Schroder also tagged a double-double with (17) points and (12) assists.
|Dwight Howard and the Hawks took it to the Rockets from the opening tip. Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports|
Last night was Dwight Howard’s first game against his former team, the Houston Rockets. Howard was spotted in a suit for the first time this season while his teammates noticed how bad Howard wanted to win last night’s contest. “We know that Dwight wanted to win tonight,” Korver said. “We wanted to play well for him.” For Howard to show up in business attire, that was an early indication that he would give his all to deliver a win.
Now the Hawks prepare to go Ron Cleveland, Ohio to face the defending NBA champs, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is coming off of a cramped win over the Philadelphia 76ers 102-101. LeBron James led the way with (25) points and (14) assists while Kevin Love tagged (20) points and (11) rebounds. Tuesday’s game will be a big test for the new-look Hawks team. Many believe that the Hawks have a real chance to knock out Cleveland in the playoffs or at least push them to seven games.
For many Hawks fans, It’ll be very interesting to watch the Dwight Howard vs Tristan Thompson match up considering that they are (10th) in the league in rebounding while Cleveland is (13th). Tip off begins at 7:00 pm on NBA TV and Fox Sports Southeast; radio on 92.9 The Game. LETS GO HAWKS!! #TrueToAtlanta
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