Cavaliers-Hawks: Quoteboard

What they said after the Hawks’ 110-108 overtime loss to the Cavaliers Friday:

“I think the second is the kind of physicality, toughness that we need to have from the start of the game to the end of the game. Credit to Cleveland. They came out after that early timeout and for the first half, we’ve got to match that in a better way. In the second half we came out and I’m pleased with how we responded. Able to take a lead. Just didn’t make enough plays down the stretch. We’ve probably got to execute better on both ends. It’s a great second half and we understand better what it takes.” – Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s opening statement

“It seems like there were a few (plays). It’s a make-miss. A couple good opportunities. A couple times they defended us well and we didn’t get good opportunities. There a few that go through my head that if we make them, it’s a different game obviously. But we didn’t.” – Budenholzer on difference in overtime

“I just thought the toughness and the competitiveness that we needed to have from everybody just wasn’t what it needed to be in the first half. At the same time, only being down 14, we felt if we went out and played harder and competed harder, naturally you start playing better. When you compete, you start playing better. I think that’s what happened at halftime and the second half.” – Budenholzer on second-half turnaround

“I’m sure we’ve got to work on our execution and get better. All of us.” – Budenholzer on Hawks’ 0-5 overtime record this season

“I felt good about it. It’s probably as good a shot as we are going to get at the end of the game. It just didn’t go down.” – Al Horford on his last-second shot in overtime

“There is a big disappointment. I’m personally disappointed with shots that I’m normally able to hit didn’t go down. We had our opportunities. We just didn’t get them to go down.” – Horford on loss

“Yeah.” – Horford on whether the Cavaliers moved illegal on screens

“It’s all about details. It’s all details. I think it’s something we have to keep on growing in. We’ve got to keep on staying focused. You have to make the right play, the little nuances, the play within the play, we have to keep on getting better at those. I think it’s all there for us. We have to keep finding ways to get good shots and shoot them with confidence.” – Kyle Korver on loss

“Obviously, these games you can gauge where you are at and we lost them both. There are definitely a lot of positives we can take from the second half and overtime. But we lost them both. You’re right. We’ve got to be better. But I think it’s all there. I really do. There are a few plays there, even in the fourth quarter, we had the ball and we were up and we ended up giving them a lob dunk at the end. Those are the plays we have to be better at. We can’t give those plays up. That’s where our growth is, I think.” – Korver on losing to Cavaliers and Raptors

“Making plays. A hard-fought game. It just went their way tonight.” – Jeff Teague on loss

“I’ve got to do a better job myself of at least getting an attempt up before overtime. We wanted to run a pick-and-roll but it was so late in the time and they trapped it a little bit. They made a good defensive play.” – Teague on final play of regulation

“We’ve got to do better. It’s as simple as that. It seems like one or two plays, if we can be the team on the other end of that, we’ll pull games off.” – Paul Millsap on loss

“We are right there. We are a play or two away from doing something special. A lot of our losses have come down to one play. We’ve just got to make it.” – Millsap on breakdowns

“As one of the leaders it falls on me to set the tone. Going out there getting hits on guys, boxing guys out, attacking, driving, being stronger all together. I think that’s what we did in the second half to get back in the game.” – Millsap on his halftime speech

“We are always on the wrong end of that. It seems like our guards get hit the most, for whatever reason. Maybe we have to do a better job of selling it, got to be more aggressive. Who knows?” – Millsap on Cavaliers moving on screens

“Adrenalin is going right now. I’m not sure yet. I got X-rays on my wrist and they were negative. Everything is fine there. I’ll be a little sore.” – Kent Bazemore on health after two falls

“It was scary. But being proactive, staying in the weight room, doing the right things to take care of your body you absorb some of those scary things. … I wanted to dunk it on him but he was in the right place. LeBron James probably doesn’t practice taking charges. Bad execution” – Bazemore on first-quarter fall

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