Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Grizzlies - December 16, 2009

Atlanta 110, Memphis 97 | December 16, 2009 | Philips Arena
  • Joe Johnson finished with 26 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 110-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies and their fifth straight victory.
  • The Hawks, in winning their 11th in 12 games at Philips Arena, is now 18-6 overall.
  • Atlanta's record is currently tied for franchise's second-best since 1997-98 when the Hawks were 19-5. The Hawks were also 18-6 after 24 games in 1986-87.
  • Al Horford recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Josh Smith had 14 and four blocks. Maurice Evans led the reserves with 13 and Jamal Crawford tossed in 12.
  • After committing too many turnovers in the first quarter (seven for 11 Memphis points) and trailing by two (24-22), Atlanta limited it to three in the second and played tough defense to take a 51-42 halftime lead.
  • The Hawks had six steals and six blocks that half, and Johnson tallied 14 points to lead the way.
  • Johnson continue to sizzle in the third, tossing in 12 and Atlanta started to pull away, leading by 17 entering the final period, 83-66.
  • Atlanta is away from Philips Arena for almost two weeks -- with four road games on tap before returning for a Dec. 29 rematch against second round playoff opponent Cleveland. First up on the road, Chicago this Saturday at 8 pm (790 AM, FSSO HD).

Joe Johnson


*Did not play 4th quarter

Honorable Mentions
Josh Smith - 14 pts, 7 reb, 4 blocks
Al Horford - 15 pts, 10 reb

- The Hawks enterred the night averaging a league-low 12 turnovers a game. If they needed more evidence that taking care of the basketball has helped them to their impressive record, tonight's game can serve as exhibit "A". Atlanta had seven turnovers in the first quarter and trailed 24-22. Only four turnovers in the second and thrid combined helped them jump ahead by 17 and earned Joe and Mike a spot on the bench in the fourth quarter. They finished with just 14 on the night, compared to 20 by the Grizzlies. They are now 13-3 when turning the ball over less than their opponent.

- The Hawks opened the second quarter with a 9-0 run and closed on a 11-0 run. Unfortunately, the offensive bursts were sandwiched around a stretch of being outscored 18-9.

- Leading by only five midway through the third quarter, the Hawks closed with a 20-8 run that erased almost all hope of a Memphis comeback. Atlanta was aggressive on the glass in the period, finishing with as more offensive rebounds (6) than Memphis had defensive rebounds (5).

- Even when Jamal Crawford only has 12 points he is fun to watch.

- Mo Evans returned to his role off the bench after filling in for Marvin in the starting line up on Sunday. It didn't slow him down much as he finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting (3-of-6 from 3) and added five assists and two steals. His play, along with the rest of the second unit, was the subject of Jon Cooper's latest feature Inside the Locker Room - CLICK HERE to check out the full story.