(Atlanta, GA) – Sunday afternoon the Atlanta Hawks took on the Miami Heat at State Farm Arena. This was the last time Dewyane Wade would be playing in Atlanta, so there were definitely more D Wade fans in attendance than there were actual Hawks fans. Wade showed up and gave the crowd a couple highlights and scored 11 points. The energy in the Arena was amazing. It felt like a playoff game whenever Wade made one of his amazing plays.
Despite all the excitement the Hawks were able to go out and take care of business at home to get a dominating 106-82 point victory. The Hawks led the entire first period and through most of the 2nd, but the heat finally took their first lead around the 7 minute mark in 2nd. That lead was very short lived and the Hawks were able to take a 38-37 point lead into halftime. The Hawks picked back up on the the momentum they started the game with in the 3rd, and proceeded to take full control of the game by outscoring the Heat 41-21 in the 3rd quarter. Miami never recovered from that dominant 3rd period from Atlanta. The Hawks cruised their way through the 4th period on their way to a 24 point victory.
Trae Young had a great night leading the Hawks to a victory vs one of his Idols. Young finished with 19 points and swapped jerseys after the game with Dwade. DeAndre Bembry continues to show and prove. Bembry ended his night with 17 points and has really been coming into his own this season. Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce stated that Bembry will be starting these next 4 games so he has a chance to see Exactly what works for him as a starter. John Collins had a quiet night, but even his quiet night always make a huge impact.
Collins contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds in this victory.In addition to this being Wade’s final game in Atlanta, the future Hall of Famer also reached another milestone. With less than a minute to go in the 3rd Wade landed the 500th 3 pointer of his career. With this shot Wade joined an elite club with only Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players to have at least 20,000 points, 5000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks, and 500 3s. This was another great motivating victory for the Hawks who had just lost really badly to the Bucks on Friday night.
The Hawks are going on a 3 game road trip starting in Toronto so that should be another interesting game. Can’t wait to see what this young team is able to do vs the best team in the league Tuesday night!
By Kennan Johnson
(Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Hawks cut a 4-game losing streak by beating the Denver Nuggets 106-98 at home. Riding on the shoulders of John Collins, who has continued to increase his scoring over the last three games and hit a career high 30, the Hawks were able to dominate the 2nd and 3rd quarters after being down by 10 at the end of the first period.
Collins’ 30 pts were accompanied by 12 rebounds for a solid double-double. Collins who missed a number of games due to an injury at the beginning of the season seems to really be flourishing with that ankle inflammation and soreness behind him. He was 12 of 20 from the floor and 3 of 6 from the three point line.
Post game Coach Pierce said, “It helps when he makes threes; he was 3 of 6 tonight. We know what he can do at the rim. But when he gets out there and their helping off of him, when he can knock some of those down, now they have to run out and guard him. I think he had a dunk where he attacked a close out because they were sprinting out to him at the three point line.”
Nuggets Coach, Mike Malone even had to give up for Collins saying, “He did everything tonight. He hit threes, he got behind us for lob dunks, he worked the offensive glass, and he made plays for his teammates. I believe it was a career-high for John and Bembry, so anytime you give up two career-highs in the same game it’s usually not going to end well. John Collins had a heck of a game for them and he hurt us in every way possible tonight.”
That career high for DeAndre Bembry came in the form of 18 pts as Atlanta cruised to victory for a change. We’ll see if they can hold that momentum though.
They’ve got a 3-game road trip ahead where they’ll play them Mavericks, Celtics and Nets before they come back home to host the Wizards.