Atlanta Hawks Weekly Recap: Nov. 3 - Nov. 9

Ryan Loftis By Ryan Loftis, 11th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2srridfj/
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A recap of the second week of the 2015-16 NBA season for the Atlanta Hawks.

Hawks Win Four of Five

Nov. 3: The visiting Hawks defeated the Miami Heat 98-92. Guard Jeff Teague had 26 points and nine assists, while forward Paul Millsap had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Following a layup by Miami's Mario Chalmers with 8:27 left in the game that brought the Heat to within four, Hawks guard Justin Holiday sank a three-pointer. The Hawks never led by less than two possessions the rest of the contest.

Nov. 4: The Hawks scored 60 points in the second half and defeated the visiting Brooklyn Nets 101-87. A key factor was the Nets' 19 turnovers, which the Hawks converted to 25 points (the Hawks had only six turnovers). The victory was the Hawks' 29th straight at Philips Arena when they held their opponent to less than 100 points.

Nov. 6: The visiting Hawks led the New Orleans Pelicans by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter, but the Hawks came back to tie the game at 108. Hawks guard Kyle Korver broke the tie by sinking a three-pointer with 3:26 left, and the Hawks held on to win 121-115. Korver shot 8-for-8, including 4-for-4 on three-point attempts, and finished with 22 points. He was one of six Hawks to score in double figures. Teague's seven assists moved him into eighth place on the Hawks' all-time list.

Nov. 7: As they had done three nights earlier, the Hawks used a huge second half to cruise to a double-digit victory. Atlanta scored 73 second-half points and defeated the visiting Washington Wizards 114-99. Guard Kent Bazemore scored a career-high 25 points, 16 of them in the second half. Teague had 10 points, eight assists, and five steals, while Millsap had 21 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. The Hawks scored 33 points off of 26 Wizards turnovers.

Nov. 9: With the Hawks 7-1, it was no surprise they placed highly in the NBA Power Rankings released by numerous media outlets. According to Sports Illustrated, which ranked the Hawks fourth, "It's almost unfair to keep chalking their success up to the system. The Hawks have won seven straight and field more talent than they get credit for, with quick guards, skilled bigs, and the threat of Kyle Korver darting around the perimeter. And much like their philosophical predecessors in San Antonio, we should respect what Atlanta has built."

The winning streak came to an end with a 117-107 loss to the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves, but the final score hardly told the whole story. The Timberwolves led by 30 at halftime and 34 early in the third quarter, and it wasn't until Millsap made a basket with 3:26 left in the game that the Hawks had a lead. It was their only lead of the game.

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Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards

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