The Atlanta Hawks went into Memphis Friday night, and got a much needed win over a Grizzlies team that had won six of their past seven games, 116-101.
Kent Bazemore made his return for the Hawks tonight after missing a series of games due to injury. The Hawks got off to a slow start shooting in the game, being 0-for-5 until making their next five baskets. The first basket came at 7:37 in the first quarter, when Kent Bazemore knocked down a three pointer, and followed it up with another one the following possession.
As the quarter was coming to a close, Vince Carter threw up a shot from three-quarters court and banked it in off the glass. The Grizzlies took a 36-29 lead at the end of the quarter. Memphis shot 70 percent in the quarter, making 14 of their 20 shot attempts.
After a not so great rebounding quarter in the first, the Hawks outrebounded 14 to 8. The Grizzlies shooting percentage also went down considerably, from 70 percent in the first quarter, to just 35 in the second, a much more manageable opposition for the Hawks. Vince Carter led the Grizz with nine points in the quarter.
Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap had five points apiece, combining for 10 of the Hawks 24 points in the quarter. Paul Millsap closed out the half with a beautiful coast to coast drive to the basket to make it a 58-53 Hawks deficit.
In the third quarter, Kyle Korver passed Peja Stojakovic for 10th on the all-time 3-point list. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies in the third quarter with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting. Jeff Teague had eight for the Hawks in the quarter, but the key was with Dennis Schroder.
The Hawks have had trouble keeping leads or any type of success with him in the game, and he had seven points in the quarter, with no turnovers. The Hawks would lead 85-82 after three quarters.
The Hawks were able to pull away in the fourth quarter. They went on a 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter, and later in the fourth, went on a 11-2 run to take a 105-95 lead with just over four minutes left in the game. The Hawks also passed their season high for three point attempts in a game in the quarter, with the previous high being 35.
Atlanta closed out the quarter with some pretty good defense, and the game belonged to the Hawks from there on out. The would go on to win by a final score of 116-101.
It was the first time in Hawks history that they shot more three pointers than two pointers. Paul Millsap had yet another double double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.