“Tonight the shots just kept falling,” said Young, who had four 3-pointers. “When you see the ball go in like we did tonight, I think it just keeps rolling.”
The Hawks scored 45 points in the second and fourth quarters.
”These are the games that we have to be ready for, one of those games that we were supposed to roll and that didn’t happen tonight,” said Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder. ”When you play a team like the Hawks, you have to match their energy and we didn’t do that tonight.”
The Hawks shot a blistering 62% from the field, and were 18-of-37 from three-point range (48.6%). During the fourth quarter, Atlanta outscored Oklahoma City 45-26.
“What did we score tonight, 126 points?” Donovan asked. “That should be good enough for us to win.”
Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 31 points and 11 assists. George had 24 points and Jerami Grant added 21.
“We like that home court advantage. We came out and hit them first,” Collins said. “If we wanted to win this game, we needed to expend a lot of energy. I really like this win because we were short-handed tonight. Everybody did a great job of setting people up, playing their role and doing it well.”
Back-up point guard Jeremy Lin (flu-like symptoms) was not with the team Tuesday evening. Forward Taurean Prince was limited in his second game back while recovering from similar symptoms. He played eleven minutes. Guard Kent Bazemore (right ankle sprain) and forward Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle sprain) did not play. However, Dedmon may return Saturday against Boston.
Former Hawk Dennis Schröder returned to Atlanta since the July 19th trade that sent him to Oklahoma City and Mike Muscala to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Hawks received Justin Anderson from Philly and Carmelo Anthony from Oklahoma City, but his contract was bought out. Schröder had 21 points and six assists Tuesday night.
The Atlanta Hawks will play two more games on this homestand. First, Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics visit State Farm Arena Saturday night at 7:30 PM. Then, the Orlando Magic visit Atlanta for the annual Martin Luther King matinee game at 3:00 PM.