What a game for Kyle Korver. His outside shooting was the difference in the game for the Atlanta Hawks. Korver went 8-for-10 from three-point land scoring a season-high 28 points which helped the Hawks secure the victory over the Sacramento Kings. When he gets hot from long range there is no stopping him. Atlanta needed Korver in an offensive battle with the Kings. Sacramento held the lead at the end of the third quarter, but the Hawks’ outside shooting led by Korver in the fourth quarter was too much for the Kings to handle.
Tonight showed why the Hawks’ offense can be deadly when everyone is on the same page. Led by Jeff Teague at the point, the Hawks point guard operated the offense like a surgeon. He found the wide open man on numerous occasions leading to 15 assists in the game which tied a career-high. To go along with his assists, Teague came close to recording a triple-double by scoring 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds. When Teague plays at his highest level, the Hawks’ offense runs like a well-oiled machine. The stat sheet backs this claim, too.
All of the Hawks benefited from the play of Teague last night, but especially Al Horford. Horford notched another impressive performance for the Hawks this season. In the game, he scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots against the Kings. Horford had to go up against Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins last night in a tough match-up. His performance against Cousins should help Horford stake his claim for the NBA All-Star game.
A guy that the Hawks need to start giving more minutes is Mike Scott. The forward out of Virginia has shown some promise in limited minutes with the Hawks this season. In the game last night, Scott scored two huge three-pointers in the beginning of the fourth quarter that propelled the Hawks to victory. If he continues to take advantage of his playing time, the coaching staff must consider giving him more minutes going forward.