The Atlanta Hawks defeated the New Orleans Pelicans by a score of 99-94 tonight, winning their 20th game of the season. This was a nice victory, finishing a back-to-back that started last night in Orlando.
New Orleans led after the first quarter and at halftime, although Atlanta cut the lead to five points (47-42) after Malcolm Delaney was fouled on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. The Hawks played very well during the third quarter, scoring 33 points, and led 75-72 as the fourth quarter began.
The Pelicans fought back, and took an 88-85 lead with under four minutes remaining. After that, though, the Hawks took control again, and closed out the game in the final minute on the strength of key shots from Paul Millsap and Dennis Schröder. After a big rebound by Tim Hardaway Jr. on an Anthony Davis miss, the team secured the victory with free-throws.
However, as nice as this performance was, much of the game was overshadowed by reports that Kyle Korver had been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers shortly before tipoff. Korver warmed up with the team, but spent the entire evening on the bench. This trade may be the beginning of several big moves for the Hawks, and this will be an issue to keep an eye on in the coming days and weeks.
Regardless of whatever roster moves come next, though, the Hawks will continue the road trip in Dallas on Saturday. After that, the team will play a game in Brooklyn before returning home for two home games.