Jeff Teague, Dennis Schröder push Atlanta Hawks over Miami Heat


The Atlanta Hawks are playing quality basketball right now, and that was evident again on Wednesday night. However, the biggest takeaway from a 112-102 win over the Miami Heat was not the stellar, 11-6 record that Atlanta emerges with following the victory, but rather the prolific performance from their two-headed point guard monster of Jeff Teague and Dennis Schröder.

Teague led the Hawks with a team-high 27 points on 11 shots (making eight), and in addition, he dished out six assists, snatched three steals and knocked down 60% of his three-point attempts. This performance was simply a continuation of a string of strong outings from Jeff Teague, but on this night, he had it all going.

Behind him, Dennis Schröder was equally strong, and Mike Budenholzer did not hesitate to use both players in lineups together. Schröder played “only” 22 minutes, but he scored a career-high 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting, and his energy level visibly affected the game in Atlanta’s favor.

As a team, the Hawks shot 54% from the floor and a very strong 48% from long distance (12 of 25), and alongside Teague and Schröder, both Kyle Korver (18 points, 6 rebounds) and Paul Millsap (14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) had big nights. It says something about the balance in Atlanta when the team’s best player, Al Horford, attempts only three shots, and this was an incredibly impressive overall showing on the second night of a back-to-back set on the road.

The Atlanta Hawks will continue their schedule on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets in another road contest, but if they can get this type of effort from Jeff Teague and Dennis Schröder, the team will be in great shape.