Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Thunder - January 18, 2010


Oklahoma City 94, Atlanta 91 | January 18, 2010 | Philips Arena
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  • It came down to the wire for the second game in a row but the Hawks fell short this time as Jamal Crawford's game-tying 3-point attempt was off the mark...The Thunder came out on top 94-91.
  • The loss snapped Atlanta's three-game winning streak and four-game home win streak.
  • Oklahoma City took control early, leading 29-22 after one quarter, and pushing the lead to as many as 12 midway through the second...A 17-8 Hawks run to close the half cut the lead to 3 at break.
  • Josh Smith and Al Horford each scored 11 for the Hawks in the 1st half...Kevin Durant led all scorers with 15.
  • The Thunder moved ahead by double-figures again in the 3rd (69-54), but Atlanta came right back to cut the deficit to 79-75 heading to the 4th.
  • Joe Johnson led the way with 23 points and 5 assists...Josh Smith recorded his third straight double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while adding 7 assists...Al Horford also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards...Mike Bibby and Jamal Crawford each added 12 points.
  • Kevin Durant led all scorers with 29 (14-15 FTs)...Jeff Green added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder.
  • Bibby knocked down his 300th 3-pointer as a Hawk (6th in team history).
  • The Hawks are back in action on Wednesday at Philips Arena (7 pm) vs. Sacramento (SPSO HD and 790 The Zone).

Josh Smith

MIN
FGM-A
3PM-A
FTM-A
43:28
6-11
0-0
6-6

AST
REB
BLK
PTS
7
12
3
18

Honorable Mentions:
Joe Johnson- 23 pts, 5 assists

- Looking at the numbers you wouldn't think Monday's game was close. The Hawks were outrebounded (48-44) and shot only 40 percent from the field and 25 percent from behind the arc. Still, hustle and determination allowed them to battle back from being down by as many as 15 points to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

- For the second time in the last three games Josh Smith was creeping close to a triple-double. He was on pace at halftime before ultimately falling three assists short with 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

- Oklahoma City has flown under the radar much of this season, but they are now 23-18 and 15-4 against the Eastern Conference. They have beaten Phoenix and Utah on the road and blew out Orlando by 28 at home.