Tuesday evening, the Atlanta Hawks used a strong first quarter and an inspiring fourth quarter from backup point guard Jeremy Lin, to cruise past the Washington Wizards 118-110 at State Farm Arena.
Atlanta scored 35 points in the first quarter while shooting 52.4% from the field and made 6 of 14 attempts from three-point range. The Hawks held the Wizards to 24 points and 27.8% shooting from the field during the first twelve minuted. Rookie point guard Trae Young scored 11 of his 19 points in the first stanza.
“It’s a very simple fame when you start the game not down by 20,” Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce explained after the win. “I thought our guys did a great job coming out and having the right approach and the right mentality. The spirit was good – obviously, you see the ball going in the basket.”
Lin scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. He was effusive of the Hawks’ team spirit.
“The thing that stuck out to me tonight was our camaraderie; I really enjoyed that,” Lin said. “I really enjoyed our team just rooting for each other and the excitement and unselfishness that we had. That’s why we sign up for team sports. That’s everything.”
Overall, John Collins played well, notching 20 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. Rookie point guard Trae Young added 19 points and four assists. In addition, DeAndre’ Benbry added 15 points, Kent Bazemore, center Dewayne Dedmon and Kevin Huerter each added 13 points.
“We didn’t settle. We didn’t take any ill-advised shots,” Pierce explained. “We were trying to get in the paint, we were cutting hard. We got into the bonus early — I know in the second and third quarter — and that was a point of emphasis: once we got into the bonus, it was to keep attacking and not settling. We were able to make plays because of it.”
The Atlanta Hawks will go on the road to play the New York Knicks Friday night and to the Detroit Pistons Sunday. Their next home game is against the Indiana Pacers on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) at State Farm Arena.