(Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Hawks got back on the win column at Philips Arena defeating the Houston Rockets 112-97 . Coming in Dwight Howard dispelled rumors that he and James Harden had beef. But he sure played like he was sending a clear message to the Rockets and Atlanta….Daddy’s home! It was a good one in the ATL as Millsap, Howard and Kent Bazemore got to work early jumping out on Houston and they never looked back.
Houston didn’t help themselves with more than 20 turnovers and a number of missed shots from the arc. I don’t think it would’ve mattered though had those stats been reversed. The Atlanta Hawks wanted to give D-12 a win and stick it Harden and the Rockets and they did just that.
Atlanta needed this win after losing 2 in a row (Lakers and Wizards) but as you can see with this new look ATL team, they don’t dwell on the past. Atlanta got back to their style of basketball and added some flare too with Dwight Howard posterized KJ McDaniels with a block that was clearly all ball but the refs called a foul.
Post game Howard was asked about the hug he gave the ref who made the call. Howard said he admitted that he made the wrong call and Howard was sure to let him know that everyone makes mistakes. lol. Kent Bazemore also resurfaced scoring 20 points. Paul Millsap was among the double double tribe with 23 points and 11 rebounds with Dwight Howard’s 20 points 14 boards and Dennis Schroder’s 17 points 12 Assists.
As for the Hawks bouncing back after a tough loss against the Wizards, Coach Bud says, “You’ve been around our group. You know there’s a lot of character, a lot of fiber. when you lose and you don’t play and compete the way you’d like to and expect to, and what we’ve become accustomed to, you can’t wait to get out and play again. It’s just a testament to their character, how they’re made up, how they’re built.”
Let’s take a look at the stats:
Houston hurt themselves with 25 TOs they also missed a lot of shots from the 3 going 12-3 and offensively they just weren’t hitting. Harden led the Rockets with 30. 24 of those were from the 1st half. Atlanta on the other hand shot 52.9% from the field with Kent Bazemore hitting 20, Millsap 23, Howard 20, Korver 10 and Schroder 17. Up next the Hawks will head to Cleveland to take on Lebron and the Cavs.