(SL) – The Atlanta hawks had one job to do tonight and they were determined to get it done. Coming in 14-14 and tied for 7th in the Eastern Division something had to give. First quarter, they got off to a good start going head to head with a powerful Minnesota team led by Andrew Wiggins who is just a beast and a little guy they call Karl-Anthony Towns .No problem though because Atlanta has a few beats of their own. Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder led the way with Dennis keeping the pace and balancing the offense and Millsap dominating inside. But, could they do it. Without Dwight Howard. Strong and consistent Millsap went into the half 3 rebounds short of a double double with 7 boards and 12 points.
And Dennis Schroder was right there with. But as Coach Bud and others noticed, the energy was off and that momentum started to slack in the second half but they didn’t give up. Coach Bud said, “We competed really hard. It was kind of a beat-em up, ugly (game) . Neither team was really efficient offensively or shot high percentages. It was tough to get the ball to go in the basket.”