2. The Hawks could not contain Davis. The All-Star finished with a game-high 29 points to go with his13 rebounds. In the Hawks' November win over the Pelicans in Atlanta, they 'limited' Davis to 14 points and 11 rebounds. He was stellar Monday.
3. The 3-point shot hurt the Hawks. They entered the game third in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game with 8.8 and had made at least 10 in 14 of their past 15 games. The Hawks made seven 3-pointers against the Pelicans but they game on 22 attempts, a 31.8 percent success rate. The Hawks briefly got back in the game, cutting their deficit to seven points, when they started the third quarter 3 of 3 from long range. Take away that 1:51 stretch and the Hawks were 4 of 19 the rest of the game.
4. Another look at the boxscore shows that the Pelicans starting backcourt also hurt the Hawks. Eric Gordon finished with 20 points and seven assists and Tyreke Evans had 15 points, 12 assists, five rebounds and two steals.
5. There was some good news. The Hawks got DeMarre Carroll back. After missing the past two games with a left Achilles strain, the starting small forward and defensive stalwart played 23 minutes. Carroll did not start the game but joined the regulars to start the second half. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game that he wanted to manage Carroll's minutes in his return from injury. The best way to do that - and have him available for the end of the game - was to bring him off the bench to start.