It didn’t take the Atlanta Hawks long to get over their blowout defeat at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs last night. Tonight, the Hawks came out and dominated the Milwaukee Bucks on their own floor in an amazing performance given the circumstances. Atlanta played their first game without Jeff Teague and needed everyone to step up in order to fill the void left by the point guard’s absence. The players did more than step up to fill the void, they played one of their most complete games of the season in the blowout 112-87 win over the lowly Bucks.
Milwaukee had no answer for the Hawks on the defensive end of the court all game. It didn’t matter who had the ball on offense because anyone could get their own shot against the Bucks’ poor defense tonight.
Atlanta managed to have six players score in double figures and that number could have been higher if some of the starters weren’t sitting by the middle of the third quarter. Paul Millsap once again led the charge for the Hawks as he recorded 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a dominating effort without even touching the floor in the fourth quarter.
He’s been consistently carrying the team on his back since the injury to Al Horford and tonight was no different against Milwaukee.
Millsap’s performance was one of the reasons Atlanta handled the Bucks, but the play of Lou Williams gave the Hawks a much-needed spark without Teague in the lineup. Williams looked like a different player in the game as he showed no signs of the slump he’s been in over the last few games.
He came right off the bench to provide the Hawks with 18 points by going six for nine from the field, which included going three for five from behind the three-point line. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come from Williams as the season goes on because the Hawks will need him to produce if they want to win games while a number of players sit out with injuries. He’s vital piece to the puzzle and if he gets his groove back Atlanta becomes a lot more dangerous with his scoring off the bench.