Rockets-Hawks: Report Card

A recap of the Hawks’ 109-97 win over the Rockets Saturday:

Noteworthy

* The Hawks have won six straight against Western Conference teams.

* The Hawks had six double-digit scorers in Al Horford (22), Tim Hardaway Jr. (20), Dennis Schroder (14), Kyle Korver (11), Paul Millsap (11) and Thabo Sefolosha (10).

* Millsap had his 25th double-double with 10 rebounds.

* Horford led the Hawks with a plus-17 rating.

* The Hawks are averaging 108.4 points during their five-game win streak.

* The Rockets had three double-digit scorers with Michael Beasley (30), James Harden (25) and Donatas Motiejunas (13).

* Dwight Howard had a game-high 17 rebounds, only three on the offensive glass

* Howard was a team-worst minus-14.

* The Rockets had 31 free-throw attempts. The Hawks had 12 free-throw attempts.

* Josh Smith, the former Hawk, had his eighth straight DNP-CDs.

Key stat

14

Fourth-quarter points scored by the Rockets, who began the final period leading 83-82

Quote of the game

“If he could play like this every night, we’ll take that. I won’t ‘We’ve got to get better’ on him tonight. In a weird way, I will.” – Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer on Tim Hardaway Jr.

Report card

Offense: B-minus

The Hawks had two 30-point quarters. They shot 50 percent from the field (44 of 88). They hit some timely 3-pointers that were key. With the game close, the Hawks went on a 9-0 run. The Hawks were limited at the free-throw line. When the Rockets’ switched on the pick-and-roll, the Hawks were able to take advantage of the mismatches most of the time. The offense committed nine second-quarter turnovers that led to 17 points.

Defense: B

The Hawks allowed just 16 first-quarter points and 14 fourth-quarter points. That’s good. They allowed 42 second-quarter points. That’s bad. That allowed the Rockets to get back in a game they trailed by 14 points in the first quarter. James Harden did score 25 points but it came on 17 shots. Dwight Howard finished with just eight points.