Atlanta Hawks swingman Kent Bazemore was cold as ice as he coolly buried the game winning jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining, ensuring a 94-93 win over the New Orleans Pelicans at Philips Arena Wednesday night. The shot also capped off a 19 point comeback for Atlanta.
Bazemore led the Hawks with 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting.
“My 3s were kind of off tonight but everywhere else I felt good,” Bazemore said. “You watch those games and the Kobe Bryants and Kevin Durants of the world and Michael Jordans and those guys and they get the ball and get to their favorite move and I just tried to do that.”
Rookie John Collins had 18 points in 26 minutes off the bench. Erysan Ilyasova had 15, Dennis Schroder had 13 points and 15 assists.
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Meanwhile, star forward Anthony Davis finished with 8 points in 38 minutes coming off of a 45 point performance last night in Boston. The Hawks held the Pelicans to 33 points in the second half, a season low.
Not many fans attended the game due to the snow and ice that fell in Metro Atlanta Tuesday. 10,894 was the announced attendance for Wednesday’s game. However, rapper 2 Chainz attended the game with his young son.
“For anyone that doesn’t know, Atlanta shuts down when it snows, so for the fans to be out here in full effect, and for 2 Chainz to come out like he did tonight, it was pretty cool to have some fan support and vibe off that and get a W”, Collins said.
The Hawks are now on a two-game winning streak and they’ll play the third game during their six game homestand Saturday evening against the Chicago Bulls. Tip-off is set for 5pm.