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The Atlanta Hawks Defeat the OKC Thunder 104-95

November 5th, 2012 at 10:36 PM
By Gordon Robinson

'Atlanta Hawks' photo (c) 2009, Mike - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
The Atlanta Hawks took on the Oklahoma City Thunder without their main man Josh Smith. Smith has a sprained right ankle, but we will have more on him in a later report. Logical thinking would be that the Hawks would be in trouble, but thanks to the services of Lou Williams and Al Horford, the Hawks defeated the Thunder 104-95. 

Al Horford finished the game with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Lou Williams scored 19 points with four assists. The two were like bookends as Williams scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, he had a stretch where he scored 10 straight points in the final period. Horford, on the other hand, scored eight of Atlanta's first 13 points and also played big for the Hawks in the third quarter. Jeff Teague also had a good first quarter, he scored eight in the first and finished the game with 16. 

Kevin Martin came off of the bench to lead the Thunder with 28 points. All star forward Kevin Durant added 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. The other All star, Russell Westbrook, had a cold night scoring but still managed 14 points and nine assists. Serge Ibaka also scored 14 points for the Thunder. 

As for Lou Williams, Coach Larry Drew said "Lou got into a rhythm. He got into a rhythm and we were going to ride it." Drew stuck with a lineup of Devin Harris, Zaza Pachulia, Al Horford, DeShawn Stevenson and Lou Williams late in the game because they "had a good rhythm going" as he put it. 

 Up next for the Atlanta Hawks are the Indiana Pacers, who hold a record of 2-1. The Pacers are led by forwards David West (19 points and 8.7 rebounds per game) and Paul George (14 points and 13 rebounds per game). Check back in here for an update on Josh Smith's injury and a preview to the matchup with the Pacers.

Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta, Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, Jeff Teague, Josh Smith, Kevin Durant, Kevin Martin, Lou Williams, NBA, Russell Westbrook

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