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What a weekend it was for the Atlanta Hawks as they kicked things off with a gutsy overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-120. Hawks had 6 guys in double figures and for the second game in a row Kent Bazemore was the high man with 23 points.
Baze had the play of the game when he broke up a inbounds pass with 20 seconds left. His lay-in tied the game up and sent it to overtime. In OT the Hawks outscored Minnesota 11-8 behind two big time shots by Trae Young and Kevin Huerter. We ran a poll after the game on our Twitter and Instagram and the fans all agreed that Bazemore was player of the game.
Less than 24 hours later the Hawks would return to the comfy confines of State Farm arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-28). This game had all the signs of being a sloppy game as the Cavs were coming off a game against Miami (a 118-94 loss) the previous night. Pregame we talked about how this game would come down to one thing for the Hawks and that is energy.
Our Pregame keys to victory.
The Hawks would outlast the Cavs 111-108 giving them their second win a row and making them winners of 5 out of their last 6. It was a sloppy game especially around the 3rd and 4th quarter and it was evident that both teams had played the night before. The Hawks got a shot of energy from the 41 year-old Vince Carter who finished tied with Trae Young as the team’s leading scorer with 21 points.
“I’m just doing my job. I’m moreso than anything, just glad to do what I’m asked to do. When you get open shots, you want to knock them down.” – Vince Carter
Trae Young had a very efficient night as well and had some assist that could have their own highlight reel. He finished the night with 21 points and 9 assist as he matched up against fellow rookie point guard Colin Sexton. In the matchup Sexton held his own finishing with 18 points and 6 assist.
The Hawks escaped with the win 111-108. Even though it was sloppy it was a good win for this young Hawks team and its coaching staff who is finally starting to see things come together.
“We’re just figuring it out. We’re a young team with a new coaching staff. It’s all about getting together as a group and figuring it out.” – John Collins
Check out our postgame recap …