The Atlanta Hawks drop their first game after the 2016 NBA All-Star Break, by falling at home Friday night to a shorthanded Miami Heat team, 115-111.
The Atlanta Hawks were not able to completely shake off the post-NBA All-Star Break rust Friday night, as they fell at home to a Miami Heat team that only played a nine-man rotation for head coach Erik Spoelstra, 115-111.
What seemed to hurt the Atlanta Hawks the most against the Miami Heat Friday night was that they turned over the basketball 21 times. Dennis Schroder had five turnovers and Kent Bazemore had four. Miami with only nine players had 16 turnovers on Friday night.
Where Atlanta was able to make it a respectable game was with a great night from beyond the arc. The Atlanta Hawks made a season-best 16 three-point field goals on their 36 attempts, shooting at a 44.4% clip from distance. However, the Hawks’ best night the season from the perimeter offensively was not enough to combat the persistent carelessness with the basketball.
The Atlanta Hawks had six players in double figures scoring. Jeff Teague led the team with 23 points on 9-14 shooting, including 3-7 from three. He finished with seven assists, two rebounds, and a steal before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
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Kyle Korver was certainly feeling it from three-point land, as he made four of his seven attempts from distance in his 18-point night for the Atlanta Hawks. He also had two assists, a rebound, a steal, and a block versus the Miami Heat.
Paul Millsap finished with a double-double despite dealing with foul trouble for most of the night. He had 12 points and 13 rebounds without shooting the basketball all that well (4-13 from the field). Millsap also had four assists in his strong game for the Atlanta Hawks.
Al Horford had 14 points, five rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal. Dennis Schroder had 16 points on 6-10 shooting, including 2-3 from three coming off the Atlanta bench. He had six assists, three rebounds, a steal, and a block. Mike Scott had 13 points on 5-9 shooting, including 3-5 from three-point range. He finished with six rebounds and two assists.
While it wasn’t the result the Atlanta Hawks wanted, the team did do a fine job shooting the basketball against a strong defensive team in the Miami Heat. Atlanta shot 47.1% from the field, 44.4% from three, and a perfect 100.0% at the charity stripe.
The Atlanta Hawks will have a very quick turnaround, as they will host the Milwaukee Bucks at Philips Arena for a Saturday night game at the Highlight Factory. Tipoff for the game against the Bucks is at 7:30 PM ET and Fox Sports Southeast will have the game. Let’s Go Hawks!