Korver, Hawks use late push to hold off Rockets

Kyle Korver scored seven of his game-high 22 late to help Atlanta hold on for a 104-97 win.



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Korver leads Hawks over Houston 104-97 (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 20: Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets drives with the basketball against Mike Scott #32 of the Atlanta Hawks during their game at the Toyota Center on December 20, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks won for the 12th time in 13 games on Saturday night, beating the Houston Rockets 104-97. The victory gave the Hawks 19 wins this season.

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets 12/20/14: Video Highlights and Recap

Two of the NBA‘s hottest teams squared off on Saturday night when the Houston Rockets took on the Atlanta Hawks. The Rockets saw a three-game win streak snapped their last time out and faced another stern test from the Hawks, who had won two straight and 11 of their last 12. 

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

After dropping their last game to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Houston Rockets will look to make headway in a loaded Western Conference Saturday night when they host the Atlanta Hawks.

Having won 10 of their previous 12 contests prior to the New Orleans matchup, the Rockets (19-6) are very much in the playoff picture and will vie for a top spot in April. Meanwhile, Atlanta (18-7) has won 11 of its past 12 and will look to carry its momentum into Houston.

Back for his fourth game since missing 11 straight with a knee injury, Dwight Howard will be available for Houston in the post to counter a talented Hawks interior headlined by Al Horford.

Meanwhile, guards Jeff Teague and James Harden will look to set the tone for their respective offenses and lead each’s perimeter attack.

Check back before tipoff for commentary coverage throughout Saturday night’s matchup between two red-hot teams.


Tipoff8 p.m. ET


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Hawks Set Franchise Record for 3-Pointers in 1 Quarter

The Atlanta Hawks made nine three-point shots during the second quarter of Wednesday’s 127-98 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, setting a new franchise record for most three-pointers made in a single quarter, per the Hawks’ official twitter account.

Down 34-26 after the first 12 minutes, Atlanta outscored Cleveland 39-26 in the second quarter to take a surprising 65-60 lead into the half.

The second-quarter charge was led by reserve guard Shelvin Mack, who took on an expanded role with starting point guard Jeff Teague sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Mack made each of his five three-point attempts during the record-setting quarter and also assisted on one of Atlanta’s other four treys. In addition to Macks’s handful of three-pointers, the Hawks got two from forward DeMarre Carroll and one apiece from guard Kent Bazemore and forward Mike Scott.

Oddly enough, sharpshooter Kyle Korver didn’t have a hand in the record, though he did account for one of Atlanta’s two misses from beyond the arc.

The Hawks finished the night with 16 successful three-pointers on 28 attempts, marking the seventh time in team history they’ve made 16 or more three-pointers in a game. The franchise single-game record of 19 treys was set back in December 1996 in a 109-73 blowout win over the Dallas Mavericks.


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Mack leads surging Hawks to blowout in Cleveland (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 17: Shelvin Mack #8 and Kent Bazemore #24 of the Atlanta Hawks celebrate during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Quicken Loans Arena on December 17, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers’ largest loss of the season didn’t sit well with coach David Blatt.

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Cavs vs Hawks Behind the Box Score: Payback

Atlanta Hawks (18-7) 125 Cleveland Cavaliers (14-10) 96
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At the end of the first quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers were leading the Atlanta Hawks by a 34-26 margin. In what was hoped to be a good matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s better teams, the Cavaliers looked like they were up for the challenge.
From that moment forward, it was all Atlanta, though. The Cavaliers hung in there through the second quarter despite giving up 39 points to the Hawks, but in the third, Atlanta turned it on and the Cavaliers stood around and watched on defense as the Hawks got anything and everything they wanted. The Hawks outscored the Cavaliers 30-15 in the third and the rout was on.
Those who remember the Cavaliers’ first matchup with the Hawks this season might remember a similar type game, only the roles were reversed in that one. The Cavaliers were hitting everything and the Hawks looked like they were playing in slow motion

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Mack leads surging Hawks to blowout in Cleveland

Shelvin Mack scores career-high 24 as surging Hawks rout Cavs 127-98 for 11th win in 12 games



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Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 12/17/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The surging Atlanta Hawks (18-7) grabbed their 11th victory in 12 games in a 127-98 beatdown of the Cleveland Cavaliers (14-10) at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday.

Backup point guard Shelvin Mack led the attack for the visitors with 24 points and three assists as seven Hawks scored in double figures to hand the Cavs their worst loss of the year.

Cleveland’s LeBron James had 21 points but didn’t play in the fourth quarter, and Dion Waiters matched his points total off the bench.

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Cavs’ Kevin Love set to play against Hawks (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 15: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during the game on December 15, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who missed the team’s morning shootaround with flu-like symptoms, will play against Atlanta.

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