3. The Hawks were down nine at halftime and had several opportunities to tie it in the third quarter when trailing by three, but instead fell behind by 11, 87-76, entering the fourth as the game slipped out of reach. They got plenty of open looks, but simply couldn’t capitalize, as their 3-point shooting struggles continue (Trae Young normally leads those efforts but went 0-for-5 from 3; he banged up his wrist in the game but said it’s “nothing severe.”) They’ve combined to shoot 28.65% from 3 over the past four games: “As simple as it may sound, we had I think two or three shots to cut it, to tie it, 76-79 and they were up,” Pierce said. “We had a couple good looks. ... To me that possession summed up the rest of the game. We couldn’t make the open shots and they hit a couple big ones. All of the sudden, you think you can tie the ballgame up, and they kind of swing the momentum and as they were hitting the shots, it went up to about 15 after that.”
4. LaMelo Ball became the youngest player (19 years, 140 days) in NBA history to record a triple-double, finishing with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He went 9-for-13 from the field (69.2%), 3-for-5 from 3-point range (60%) and 1-for-2 from the line.
5. Second-year wing De’Andre Hunter continued his strong sophomore campaign, adding 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. With that performance, Hunter is averaging 20 points in January, over the past five games.
Stat of the game
17 (the impressive amount of offensive rebounds the Hawks pulled down, though they couldn’t convert many of them)
Star of the game
Ball (became the youngest NBA player to record a triple-double and paced the Hornets’ offense)
“Play some defense. ... Basically, get on the same page on that side of the ball.” (Reddish on how the Hawks can pull out of this four-game skid)