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The Atlanta Hawks Fall Tough to the Oklahoma City Thunder

December 20th, 2012 at 11:41 AM
By Gordon Robinson

'Kevin Durant' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license:
The Atlanta Hawks took on the Oklahoma City Thunder in "The Highlight Factory" and let's just say that the highlights were pretty one-sided on this occasion. The Atlanta Hawks could not seem to throw one in the ocean, where the Thunder on the other hand had the hot hand early with Russell Westbrook and down the stretch with Kevin Durant. Oklahoma City fought off an Atlanta comeback to win their twelfth straight victory by a score of 100-92.

The Thunder pulled away in the second quarter with Russell Westbrook leading the way, he would score 21 points in the first half. Atlanta went into halftime down 55-41 but they would not give in. They cut the Thunder lead down to 10 points in the third quarter and down to four early in the fourth. That is when Kevin Durant took over, he scored 28 in the second half and 18 of those in the fourth quarter (there was a stretch where Durant scored 13 straight points). Atlanta did not fold or quit, but this night just was not their night.

Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 19 points and nine assists. Josh Smith continued to be a double-double machine, hitting 17 points and 12 boards (on 8 of 19 shooting). Al Horford went 5-14 to get his 13 points and he also got five rebounds. Speaking of poor shooting, Lou Williams went 5-15 to get his 13 points and as a whole the Hawks shot 36-94 (38.3%) from the floor. 

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were the only members of the Thunder to score in double figures, Durant ended the game with a high of 41 points and 13 rebounds. Westbrook finished with 27 points and 11 assists.

The Atlanta Hawks travel to Philly next to take on the 76ers and after that they come home to host the Chicago Bulls on back to back nights.

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

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