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Beyond the boxscore: New Orleans Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks

Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 10:56 AM     Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 4:01 PM

Stats that standout from the New Orleans Hornets’ historic 100-59 beatdown of the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night:

1. 59. It was the fewest points the Hawks had scored since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1968.
2. 41. The largest margin of defeat for the Hawks at home since March 30, 2000.
3. 29.1. Atlanta’s shooting percentage, the lowest of the season.
4. 55-32. The Hornets dominated on the boards, gathering 23 more rebounds than Atlanta.
5. 29. Points scored by Atlanta’s starting five.
6. 7. Consecutive wins by the Hornets. They will have a chance for eight in a row tonight at home against the San Antonio Spurs, the best team in the league.
7. 26-23. The Hornets had more assists than the Hawks had field goals.

+/- rating for every Hornet player
Pondexter +29
West +23
Okafor +32
Belinelli +26
Paul +26
Green +13
Thornton +12
Jack +15
Smith +12
Mbenga +8
Andersen +7

FIRST QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Quarter score: Hornets 19, Hawks 17
Hornets points in the paint: eight
Hawks points in the paint: six
Hornets second chance points: 0
Hawks second chance points: two
Hornets fast-break points: four
Hawks fast-break points: five
Hornets biggest lead: four points
Hawks biggest lead: three points
Times tied: two
Hornets leading scorer: Quincy Pondexter, five points
Hawks leading scorer: Jamal Crawford, seven points

SECOND QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Quarter score: Hornets 30, Hawks 17
Hornets points in the paint: six
Hawks points in the paint: 10
Hornets second chance points: two
Hawks second chance points: 0
Hornets fast-break points: three
Hawks fast-break points: 0
Hornets biggest lead: 15 points
Hawks biggest lead: one point
Times tied: 0
Hornets leading scorer: Chris Paul, 10 points
Hawks leading scorer: Josh Smith, Joe Johnson, seven points

THIRD QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Quarter score: Hornets 21, Hawks 11
Hornets points in the paint: four
Hawks points in the paint: eight
Hornets second chance points: 0
Hawks second chance points: four
Hornets fast-break points: one
Hawks fast-break points: four
Hornets biggest lead: 32 points
Hawks biggest lead: never led
Times tied: 0
Hornets leading scorer: David West, nine points
Hawks leading scorer: Jamal Crawford, four points

FOURTH QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Quarter score: Hornets 30, Hawks 14
Hornets points in the paint: 18
Hawks points in the paint: four
Hornets second chance points: six
Hawks second chance points: 0
Hornets fast-break points: seven
Hawks fast-break points: five
Hornets biggest lead: 43 points
Hawks biggest lead: never led
Times tied: 0
Hornets leading scorer: Jarrett Jack, eight points
Hawks leading scorer: Etan Thomas, Damien Wilkins, four points

Source: Beyond the boxscore: New Orleans Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks

Hawks win at Blazers – Atlanta Journal Constitution

By Michael Cunningham

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

PORTLAND, Ore.– Could it really be that the Hawks instantly forged a new
defensive identity by making a trade?

It’s too early to tell what sending away point guard Mike Bibby and replacing
him with Kirk Hinrich will mean for Atlanta in the long term. But the Hawks
have been a noticeably sounder defensive unit in the two games since the
trade, including Sunday’s 90-83 victory at Portland.

“I think the trade has something to do with it,” Hawks center Al Horford said.
“I like what I’ve seen from our guys. We are starting to become more
consistent on the defensive end.”

The Hawks improved to 3-3 on their season-long road trip that concludes Monday
at Denver.

The Hawks have been a jump-shooting team that’s shaky on defense and
vulnerable on the boards. In a victory at Golden State on Friday and again
at Portland they defended and rebounded with vigor, went hard to the basket
and turned the hard work into easy scoring chances.

That’s how the Hawks beat Golden State 95-79 on Friday and it’s the way they
buried Portland with a 14-1 run in the third quarter. Seven points during
the burst came by way of steals leading to baskets in the open court.

“That’s how we want to play,” said Hawks guard Jamal Crawford, who scored a
game-high 23 points. “We want to get the ball up and down the. That’s where
we’re able to use our athleticism and the floor opens up for all of our
shooters and our big guys to get easy baskets.”

The Hawks had six steals and 11 fast break points in the period. As the Hawks
ran to easy scores, Portland struggled to get clean looks at the basket and
scored just 13 points while missing 13 of 16 field-goal attempts in the
period.

“Since I’ve been here we’ve talked about defending and bringing the energy,”
Hinrich said. “When we do that we can be a tough team because of the talent
we have and athletes and the shooters.”

The Hawks led 68-49 after three quarters and fans started clearing out of the
Rose Garden with the lead at 77-58 and seven minutes left. But Portland,
which scored six points in 19 seconds to force overtime and beat Denver on
Friday, nearly pulled off another comeback.

Amid a flurry of Atlanta turnovers, the Blazers trimmed the deficit to 85-78
with 1:29 to go and 89-83 with 14.2 seconds left. Atlanta closed out the
victory by making five free throws in the final 40 seconds.

“We still have work to do when it comes to closing out games,” Hawks guard Joe
Johnson said. “But a win is a win and we’ll take it.”

Johnson scored 20 points and reserve center Zaza Pachulia had a game-high 12
rebounds in 21 minutes. Hinrich had eight points and four turnovers in 28
minutes.

“I am just trying to get familiar with the guys and the sets offensively,”
Hinrich said. “Defensively I felt pretty comfortable tonight. Offensively,
it is still coming. Hopefully it won’t take too much because this is an
important stretch for us.”

The Hawks had good results attacking Portland’s front court duo of LaMarcus
Aldridge and Marcus Camby. They each went to the bench with three fouls in
the first half, forcing the Blazers to use a small lineup that couldn’t
match Atlanta’s aggressiveness.

Atlanta’s assertiveness paid of with 14 free throws and a 28-16 rebounding
edge in the first half. The Hawks led 48-36 at halftime despite shooting 15
of 35 from the field.

Reserve center Zaza Pachulia was benched for Atlanta’s victory at Golden State
on Friday but he was key in this game. With Horford on the bench with two
fouls in the first half, Pachulia had seven rebounds, three assists and a
blocked shot while aggressively defending the paint in 11 minutes.

Pachulia’s seven rebounds in eight first-quarter minutes helped stake Atlanta
to an 19-18 lead despite its 8 of 23 shooting. The Blazers made 9 of 17
field-goal attempts in the period but gave up seven second-chance points.

Continue reading here: Hawks win at Blazers – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Valentine’s Day TV Schedule: Jadeveon Clowney’s Announcement, Hawks-Pistons … – SB Nation Atlanta

[UPDATE: Jadeveon Clowney has announced he will play for South Carolina.] 

Your Atlanta sports TV time and channel schedule. All times ET. As always, click on any team’s name for complete schedules, scores, and previews, plus an active community devoted to your team. And check ESPN3, too.

College Football

Jadeveon Clowney’s announcement, 10:15, Sportscenter: The nation’s No. 1 college football recruit will announce his commitment live from his high school. It’s down to the South Carolina Gamecocks, Clemson Tigers, and Alabama Crimson Tide, but this one’s Carolina’s to lose. Is he worth all this fuss and to-do?

I would suggest you watch some of his highlights to find out, but it’s really early in the morning and I’d prefer you have a seat and properly caffeinate first, as your blood vessels are not quite prepared yet. Check in with SB Nation for coverage throughout the morning, including the lucky winner of Mr. Clowney’s terrifying services.

Basketball

Atlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons, 7:30, SportSouth: The Hawks can … sigh … I mean, what can you say about the Hawks? They’re looking to … well … wake me up when it’s over. Are you going to watch this? Why are you going to watch this?

Duke Blue Devils at Miami Hurricanes, 6:30, Fox Sports South

West Virginia Mountaineers at Syracuse Orange, 7, ESPN

Kansas Jayhawks Kansas St. Wildcats, 9, ESPN

Hockey

Washington Capitals at Phoenix Coyotes, 8, Versus

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Continue reading here: Valentine’s Day TV Schedule: Jadeveon Clowney’s Announcement, Hawks-Pistons … – SB Nation Atlanta

TV Game Schedule, 9/12: Georgia-South Carolina, Budweiser Shootout, Bobcats-Hawks – SB Nation Atlanta

Your Atlanta sports TV time and channel schedule. All times ET. As always, click on any team’s name for complete schedules, scores, and previews, plus an active community devoted to your team. And check ESPN3, too.

NBA Basketball

Charlotte Bobcats at Atlanta Hawks, 7, SportSouth: Nobody seems to pick up on the Hawks’ extremely complicated and organization-wide plot to win Al Horford the MVP trophy. True artists are not always appreciated in their own times, so Atlanta will probably welcome back Horford, probably beat the Bobcats, and try to scheme up an even more humiliating loss for the next time he’s out. Game coverage!

Chicago Bulls at New Orleans Hornets, 8, WGN: If this were the NFL, you could look at a game like this and say “Potential Super Bowl matchup!” But it’s the NBA, so you can’t, because there are exactly three teams with chances at reaching the Finals — “Will this team or that team win the Eastern Conference?” is all the drama we have left. The purpose of regular season NBA is filling up dunk video YouTube accounts.

College Basketball

Georgia Bulldogs at South Carolina Gamecocks, 4, WPCH: Every game from here on out is a must-win, but at least this one is a should-win. South Carolina is basically an SEC West team, but the Dawgs are veering mighty close themselves.

Syracuse Orange at Louisville Cardinals, noon, ESPN

Northeastern at Georgia St. Panthers, noon, CSS (Northeastern what?)

Kentucky Wildcats at Vanderbilt Commodores, 1, WATL

LSU Tigers at Arkansas Razorbacks, 1:30, WPCH

Ohio St. Buckeyes at Wisconsin Badgers, 2, ESP

Virginia Cavaliers at Florida St. Seminoles, 3, Fox Sports South

Mississippi Rebels at Alabama Crimson Tide, 4, ESPN3

Baylor Bears at Texas Longhorns, 4, ESPN

Oregon St. Beavers at UCLA Bruins, 4, SportSouth

Tennessee Volunteers at Florida Gators, 6, ESPN

Mississippi St. Bulldogs at Auburn Tigers, 7, Fox Sports South (Ugh!)

Pittsburgh Panthers at Villanova Wildcats, 9, ESPN

Other

Pebble Beach Pro-Am, 3, CBS

Budweiser Shootout, 8, Fox

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Continue reading here: TV Game Schedule, 9/12: Georgia-South Carolina, Budweiser Shootout, Bobcats-Hawks – SB Nation Atlanta


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