This game was a much different story for the Hawks than in the regular season opener. Atlanta bounced back with a good effort defensively holding Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to 12-35 shooting. The Hawks got decimated on the boards against the Rockets but won the battle with the Thunder 38-37.
Al Horford led the way with 23 points and 12 rebounds going 11-19 from the field. Lou Williams added 19 points off the bench while Jeff Teague finished with 16 points and five assists. Ivan Johnson added 10 points and four rebounds in his first action of the season. Zaza Pachulia played some huge minutes down the stretch and finished with six points, six rebounds and a team-high six assists.
Kevin Martin scored 22 of his game-high 28 points in the first half. Kevin Durant came close to a triple-double with 22 points, 12 boards and eight assists but had a team-high six turnovers. Russell Westbrook added 14 points and nine assists but was just 5-18 from the field. The Thunder turned the ball over 21 times which led to 31 points for the Hawks.
Atlanta is back in action on Wednesday when they host the Indiana Pacers.