Three key players
Paul Millsap: He was the only Hawks player in double-digit scoring. Millsap had 20 points in 27 minutes on 7-for-12 shooting.
Kent Bazemore: He led the Hawks in scoring in each of their first two games against the Hornets this season with 19 points and 20 points respectively but settled for 9 points Wednesday on 3-for-9 shooting.
Cody Zeller: The Hornets are playing without Jefferson but Zeller is finding a home in the pivot and showed it with 19 points on 6-of-10 shots from the floor to go with 10 rebounds.
1. These Hawks are making a name as a perennially slow-starting team. They found themselves down 15 points in the first six minutes, making just 1 of their first 11 shots before Millsap drove the lane for a basket with 5:11 left in the first quarter to cut it to 17-4. Thanks to Millsap’s eight points in 10 minutes the Hawks worked their way back to within 20-19.
2. The burst of energy didn’t last, and the Hawks made just one of their first eight shots in the second quarter while the Hornets went on a 12-0 run. The Hawks came no closer than eight points in the third quarter while staying double-digits down for most of the second and third quarters.
3. Coming off a 33-point game against the Bulls, Horford did not score his first basket Wednesday until 7:59 remained in the third quarter and that was only the third shot he took. Horford spent a quiet first half, taking only one shot, committing three fouls, three turnovers and collecting one rebound in 17 minutes.
4. The Hornets are playing without some star power but Walker is still the player who makes them go, and the Hawks still struggled to find an answer for him. Walker led the Hornets with 23 points in 26 minutes on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor to go with five assists.
5. Millsap might have been the only Hawk who showed up to play. Kyle Korver tried to get something going with shots on three straight trips down the floor early in the second half but he made just one of them – a 3-pointer to cut Charlotte’s lead to eight points. Teague made just three shots through the first three quarters. Dennis Schroder was 3-for-13.