Hawks 103, Grizzlies 92

The Sports Xchange
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ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks came out running and never let up, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-92 Wednesday night at Philips Arena.
Jeff Teague fired early and often for the Hawks and took control of the pace of the game, scoring 16 of his 22 points in the first half. He had a double-double by 8:38 in the third quarter and finished with a season-high 13 assists.
Josh Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Al Horford, who was in foul trouble early, had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Both teams played a brisk first quarter, executing so well that there was only a single turnover between them, and that was not until 1:07 remaining when the Grizzlies' Mike Conley lost the ball out of bounds.
But when the Hawks (27-21) picked up the pace in the second quarter, the Grizzlies' defense flagged, allowing the Hawks to open up a 10-point lead halfway through the quarter with a barrage of 3-point shots. Rookie John Jenkins made three of the five treys that the Hawks sank in the quarter.
Kyle Korver made a 3-point shot for the 42nd consecutive game, the longest streak of his career, tying the Hawks' franchise record, held by Mookie Blaylock (Mar. 26, 1996 to Jan. 11, 1997). Korver finished with 12 points.
The Hawks would have led by 13 points at the half had Teague not fouled Conley as he shot a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Conley made all three of the foul shots.
The Grizzlies (30-18) came into the game leading the NBA in points allowed per game, 89.7. But they allowed the Hawks to score 58 points in the first half.
As the Grizzlies fell further behind in the third quarter - by as many as 23 points -- the starters gave way to the bench players. So the Grizzlies' stars finished with more modest totals than usual: Zach Randolph had 20 points and 7 rebounds, Marc Gasol had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Conley finished with 17 points.
NOTES: The Hawks were without Zaza Pachulia again. He has missed four straight games and five of the last seven with a sore right Achilles. ... Because the Hawks played Tuesday, losing to the Pacers 114-103 in Indianapolis, DeShawn Stevenson was not available. His knees prevent him from playing in back-to-back games. ... Devin Harris, who did not travel to Indiana (sore left foot) was available but did not start. ... Coach Larry Drew started Anthony Tolliver at small forward to put some length on the Grizzlies' Tayshaun Prince. ... Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, noting that both teams played Tuesday -- Memphis lost to the Phoenix Suns 96-90 at home -- said before the game that, "It's going to be a matter of wills." ... Ed Davis was back in the arena where he found out he was being traded to the Grizzlies from the Toronto Raptors exactly one week ago, on Jan. 30. Hollins noted that, for all the players acquired in trade that day -- Davis, Prince and Austin Daye -- it was the first time any of them had ever been traded. "That's a tough one," he said.

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