It Happened - October 30, 2010

Atlanta 99, Washington 95 | October 30, 2010 | Philips Arena
Recap | Box Score

  • The Hawks moved to 3-0 on the season with 99-95 win over Washington at Philips Arena on Saturday ... It's the second time in the last three years Atlanta has started 3-0.
  • Joe Johnson led five Hawks in double-figures with 25 points (his third straight game of 20-plus) ... Al Horford had his second straight 20\10 game with 21 points and 10 rebounds ... Josh Smith also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, while Jamal Crawford scored 15 and Mike Bibby 12.
  • Washington led by as many as 11 in the first quarter before Atlanta came storming back in the second, outscoring the Wizards 26-13 for a 44-40 lead at the break.
  • The Wizards knotted the score at 70 at heading into the 4th but Hawks pulled away at the end.
  • John Wall led all scorers with 28 and Al Thornton added 24 for the Wizards.
  • JaVale McGee tied a Philips Arena opponent record with 7 blocked shots.
  • Atlanta won the battle down low, outscoring the Wizards in the paint 48-36, outrebounding them 43-34, while holding a 17-10 advantage in second chance points.
  • Washington shot 50% from the field compared to Atlanta's 42%, but the Hawks knocked down 26-30 FTs (86.7%) ... The Wizards finished 15-21 from the charity stripe (71.4%).
  • The Hawks are back in action on Tuesday at 7pm in Cleveland (SPSO HD and 97.9 FM).

- It wasn't exactly "Iso-Joe", but there was a stretch in the fourth quarter when baskets were hard to come by and Joe Johnson took it upon himself to keep the Hawks ahead. Yes, there was movement away from the ball and occasional ball-screens from Bibby, but there was no doubt who was taking the shots.

- After a lackluster first game and an inconspicuous first half, John Wall showed why he was the top pick in this past summer's NBA Draft. He is very quick on the dribble and the Hawks, as most teams will, chose to sag off of him in their halfcourt defense. On this night Wall hit from outside, making him extremely effective.

- Larry Drew's motion offense continues to impress. With five players in double-figures and just about everyone on the court making plays in crunchtime the Hawks will be a very tough team to stop late in games.

- Both Al Horford and Josh Smith finished with double-doubles. It was Al's second straight 20 and 10 performance after he saw limited action in Memphis because of foul trouble. As expected, it appears that Horford's All-Star appearance last season only encouraged him to step his game up even more.


Al Horford - 21 points, 10 rebounds
Josh Smith - 12 pts, 10 reb, 2 blk

Wednesday, November 3, 7pm
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