This is what the Hawks look like when they move the basketball.
Playing up-tempo from the start the Hawks ran past the Grizzlies for a 103-92 victory Wednesday night at Philips Arena.
The Hawks (27-21) had 28 assists and 16 fast-break points as they led nearly the entire game and by as many as 23 points. The NBA’s third-leading assist team improved to 20-4 this season when they have 24 or more assists.
“We made a conscious effort of getting out on the break, running for lanes and get some easy buckets in transition,” Josh Smith said. “Whenever we are able to do that on a consistent basis, on a night-in and night-out basis, we are a pretty successful team.”
Jeff Teague led the Hawks with a double-double of 22 points and 13 assists. Smith (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Al Horford (17 points, 11 rebounds) also doubled up. It was Horford’s 25th double-double of the season and Smith’s 20th. Kyle Korver finished with 12 points, including a record-tying 3-point mark.
The Hawks (27-21) snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the seventh time in their past 18 games.
“It’s always important to get that monkey off your back,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “When you go through a tough period the last thing you want is for it to me prolonged.