Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Rockets - November 20, 2009

Atlanta 105, Houston 103 | November 20, 2009 | Philips Arena
  • Josh Smith's follow-up dunk with 0.7 seconds lifted the Atlanta Hawks to a 105-103 thriller over the Houston Rockets Friday at Philips Arena, helping the NBA's best to their seventh straight win overall.
  • The 11-2 Hawks remain unbeaten on their home floor, winning seven in a row (and nine straight dating back to last season).
  • Leading the charge was forward Marvin Williams, who poured in a season-high 29 points and grab a season best nine rebounds. He also knocked a personal best 13 field goals.
  • Jamal Crawford tossed in 21 off the bench, Joe Johnson had 19 and Al Horford finished with 17.
  • Atlanta led by two after one (28-26) and increased it by another basket at the half behind Williams' 20. He connected on nine-of-14 FGs in 21 minutes.
  • The Hawks head to the Big Easy Saturday to meet the New Orleans Hornets at 8 pm (790 AM, FSSO HD).

Marvin Williams



Honorable Mentions
Jamal Crawford - 21 points, 3 steals

- Houston already had won on the road against the Lakers and the Blazers, so the Hawks knew they would have to work to extend their winning streak Friday night. Their balanced attack was on full display as five players (three starters and two off the bench) finished between 14 and 18 points.

- Tonight was only the second time all season that the Hawks did not outscore their opponent in the fourth quarter. The final period tonight was a roller coaster. Houston started with a 12-2 run to take a five point lead. Then the Hawks answered with a 13-0 run later in the period and led by ten with less than two minutes to play. Atlanta didn't have a field goal in the final two minutes until Smoove's dramatic slam.

- MARVIN! Don't let the dramatic finish make you forget about Marvin Williams. We all knew he was going to have a breakout game at some point, but we didn't know it would be this big. He hit threes. He rebounded. He dunked. He finished 13-of-19 from the field, setting a new career-high for field goals made in a game. He doubled his previous season-high for points and tied his season-high for rebounds.

- The main reason Atlanta was never able to pull away from the Rockets was their inability to keep Houston off of the offensive boards. The Hawks allowed 20 offensive rebounds that led to 29 second chance points. Both were season-highs.

- In case you haven't read anything about the Hawks lately, you should know that Josh Smith has been on a tear. He came into tonight averaging 17.3 pts and 15.3 rebounds during the last three contests. We found out tonight that the only thing that could slow him down was foul trouble. He finished with nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks in just 23 minutes of action (about 10 minutes below his season average).

- A telling play in tonight's game occurred with about five minutes remaining and the score tied. The Hawks had just rallied and had had numbers on the break. Joe got the ball on the wing with time to shoot, but with a defender closing quick. He made the extra pass to a wide open Jamal Crawford in the corner, who calmly nailed the three... and all the quotes about adding another fourth quarter/big shot weapon were proven true.

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