4. The Grizzlies again had success shooting from distance, shooting 39.6% from 3-point range (19-for-48) to the Hawks’ 29.7%. One 3-pointer by Dillon Brooks and two by De’Anthony Melton, all within 1:05 of each other, put the Grizzlies up 82-63 with 5:36 left in the third. In the Hawks’ loss Thursday, Memphis made 38.8% of their 3-point attempts (19-for-50). However, in the fourth quarter Saturday, the Hawks were finally able to limit that, holding them to 23.1% (3-for-13) from 3-point range in that period: “They just catch and shoot,” Pierce said. “I think we have to have a sense of urgency to make them put it on the floor, but I thought we fought. I thought we were way more physical tonight, I thought we were way more in tune with our communication with each other.”
5. The first quarter was a mess for the Hawks. They looked flat on both ends of the court and shot 29.2% from the field and made one of 10 3-point attempts, and trailed, 29-17, going into the second. The Hawks picked things up in the second quarter, finding success getting to the line (12-for-16) and shooting 52.9% from the field (50% from 3-point range) but still trailed by 10 at the half. Pierce attributed that slow start mostly to turnovers, as the Hawks tallied 18: “We were turning the ball over, that was simple. It was home run plays that weren’t needed. I think we had three quick turnovers, they hit a couple 3′s, we were just turning the ball over.”
Stat of the game
63.2% (or 12-for-19, what the Hawks shot from the field as they found an offensive groove in the fourth quarter)
Star of the game
Danillo Gallinari led the Hawks with 19 points.
“It’s good to see. You could see that we had that fight, never say die spirit.” -- Reddish on the Hawks coming from behind