Wayne Ellington with a jumper and then Kent Bazemore with a three and the game was off! Shots connecting from the jump for the Hawks as they held a four-point lead with 9:33 left in the first quarter. Thaddeus Young with an early eight points to keep the Nets right there with the Hawks, and Ellington’s three tied it at 16 with 7 minutes left in the first quarter. With a no-look over-the-shoulder pass to a cutting Thabo Sefolosha from Paul Millsap put the Hawks up four but Shane Larkin answered. Thabo was very active and produced the steal and assist to Kent to lay it in. Hawks were up 23-20 with 2:47 to go in the first quarter. Hawks were up seven with 53.8 seconds left in the first quarter after a no-look pass from Dennis Schroder to Al Horford for the dunk.
Kent drove to the basket to open the second quarter, Hawks up 29-23. Defense stepping it up create two back-to-back turnovers from the Nets and resulted in five points for the Hawks after a Kent corner three from Dennis, 36-25 with 10 left in the second quarter. Dennis drove the baseline for the reverse layup, Hawks went up nine. Joe Johnson’s first three of the night kept the Nets within nine, Paul put the Hawks back up 11, then another Johnson three made it an eight-point game with 1:50 left in the first half. Paul got into foul trouble but had scored 10 points.
Johnson opened up the second half on a mission, scoring five straight and then Thaddeus Young knocked down a jumper and the game was tied at 55 with 10:54 left in the third. Kent’s assist to Jeff to lay it up and then Kyle Korver grabbed a rebound as the Hawks attempted to increase the lead. Ellington lobbed it to Young for the slam. Kent knocked down a three and the Hawks maintained a one-point lead. A defensive three against Brooklyn and a Tiago reverse layup off of the assist from Jeff and then another assist from Jeff to Kent for a layup and the Hawks went up 65-59 with 7:12 to go in the third. Markel Brown cut the Hawks’ lead to seven after they were up 10 but Mike Scott headed to the line to put them back up nine with 2:27 left in the third.
Hawks were off and running in the final period as they went up 91-69 with under 10 minutes to go. Tim Hardaway, Jr. with a nice drive to the bucket and later, an assist to Dennis for a three. Dennis hit two threes, Hawks went up 102-76 with 5:46 left in the game. THJ with an amazing one-handed slam off the drive and the Hawks went up 109-78 with 4:17 left in the game. The Hawks would go on to beat the Nets 114-86.
Hawks jumped out to an early 6-0 start over Chicago. After a Nikola Mirotic three, Kent knocked down a three to put the Hawks up 12-5 with 8:00 left in 1Q. The ball movement for the Hawks was great and Tiago dished two amazing assists in the paint, Al Horford posted up Taj Gibson, and the Hawks were up 18-10 with 5:50 left. The Hawks showed a lot of energy in the first quarter, most notably, a lob from Kent Bazemore to Tim Hardaway, Jr. for the dunk seen around the world. Hawks led Chicago 30-19 at the end of the first quarter.
A great start to the 2nd quarter as Jeff re-entered the game after limping off in the 1st. Al Horford with the block, and then a dunk on the other end. Hawks went on a mini 5-0 run after Bud called a timeout due to a run from the Bulls to pull it within 10. Hawks 62-47 with 1:30 in the 2Q. Hawks were up 64-51 at halftime.
Bulls opened the quarter with a jumper from Jimmy Butler that was answered by free throws from Kent. Hawks lead was down to 11. Mitotic banked in a three, Hawks’ lead down to six with 9:34 in the 3Q. Paul Millsap found Kyle Korver for the three and the Bulls turned the ball over, the Hawks were up 75-62 with 7:14 left in 3Q. A quarter of runs and it was a 3-point game until Tiago drew the foul with 4:11 left in the third. His trip to the line put the Hawks up five. Derrick Rose with a trip to the line would make it a 2-point game until a Dennis Schröder three. The Bulls outscored the Hawks 32-25 in the third quarter but the Hawks ended it with a bang as Mike Scott put back THJ’s missed three attempt with a one-handed dunk. Hawks were up 89-83 at the end of the third.
Al Horford and Mike Scott with a big start to the fourth quarter. After back-to-back buckets from Doug McDermott, Hawks took a timeout but they were up 102-91 with 8:05 left in the game and in complete control. Al “Bawse” Horford recorded a season-high 33 points in the win while notching a double-double (10 rebounds). Big production from the bench as Dennis contributed 8 assists and 13 points and Mike Scott put in 14 points on 6/7 shooting.
The New York Knicks entered the game energetic as Kristaps Porzingis had a putback dunk and Carmelo Anthony with the dunk after the baseline drive. The Hawks answered with a steal and then an outlet pass to Kent to lay it up and tie it. Porzingis with six points early. Hawks were down 12-7 against the Knicks. Jeff Teague was playing aggressively and his two possessions brought the Hawks within two with 4:18 left in the first. Dennis Schröder passed it to Kent for a three, yet the Hawks were down seven after an offensive outburst from the Knicks. Tim Hardaway, Jr. saw his first minutes in a game early and Dennis came up with a three-point opportunity for the next possession. Hawks were still trailing the Knicks by seven. Hawks struggled defensively in the first quarter, ending it down nine to the Knicks.
Started the second quarter with Al Horford posting up and overpowering Porzingis for the jumper and a Knicks turnover…and a defensive 3-seconds against the Knicks, Hawks pulled it within six. Kyle knocked down a three, Hawks within five. Another 3-second violation against the Knicks and then a Tim Hardaway, Jr. three and the Hawks were within one with 9:43 to go in 2Q. Knicks went on a 7-0 run. Paul Millsap put some life into the offense after he fought for the offensive board and brought the Hawks within eight, unfortunately, the Knicks were still getting points at the line. The second delay-of-game call for the Knicks put the Hawks within seven with 2:44 left and Jeff hit a three but Calderon answered. Paul had no points in the first quarter but came out and scored six in the second. Mike Scott knocked down a three, Hawks pulled it within three with 19.3 seconds left in the first half. There was a good defensive stop from Lance Thomas on Jeff Teague to block his jumpshot attempt at the buzzer. Hawks 49, Knicks 54 at the half.
Hawks opened the second half with a turnover and Arron Afflalo hit two threes. Hawks were down 11 and continued to play catch-up. When Kent Bazemore knocked down a three and Thabo Sefolosha had the three-point opportunity, the Hawks were within 13 until ‘Melo hit a jumpshot. The three ball started falling for the Hawks with Thabo hitting one and then Paul and the Hawks pulled the deficit to nine with 2:20 left in 3Q.
In the fourth quarter, the Hawks were within ten after a Kyle three but Afflalo wouldn’t quit. Hawks with the help defense on Afflalo to force the turnover. They were back within 11 with 8:50 left in the game. Hawks went on a run after the three-point play from Paul Millsap and they cut it to six with 5:08 left in the game. Things got chippy down the stretch as Kent and Porzingis were called for double technicals. Al Horford knocked down a three to bring it within three with less than two minutes left but the Knicks would not let up. The hammer-to-the-nail was Calderon with the backdoor cut on Dennis to drive to the basket. The Hawks would fall to the Knicks, 107-101.