On Friday October 20th, the Atlanta Hawks (1-1) played in their second game of the 2017-18 NBA season, losing to the Charlotte Hornets (1-1) (109-91) in the Hornets home opener.
It was a tale of two halves to say the least. During the first half of play, the Hawks put up 28 points in both the first and second quarters of the game. The Hawks took a (56-49) in the locker room during halftime, but the Hornets woke up in the second half.
In the third quarter of action, the Hornets out scored the Hawks (35-17) and in the second half, the Hornets exploded on a (24-0) run. For the home team, former Atlanta Hawks big man Dwight Howard had a big night scoring 20 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. All-Star point guard Kemba Walker added 26 points and 9 assist and Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky finished with 21 points off the bench.
For the Atlanta Hawks despite the loss, their were several bright spots during the game. On the night, Dennis Schroder finished the night with 25 points and 5 assist. Schroder has scored 20 points or more in both of the Hawks first two games this season. Second year swingman Taurean Prince finished the night with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Prince has scored in double figures in both of the Hawks first two matchups. Both Kent Bazemore and DeWayne Dedmon finished with 11 points.
Following the game, Terrell Thomas spoke with the Hawks on an array of topics. Coach Bud spoke on the Hawks road trip and what positive keys will be used in the future. Taurean Prince spoke on scoring in double figures in his first few games. John Collins spoke on gaining experience in his first few games and how he plans to become a better defender and Kent Bazemore spoke on what the Hawks must do to remain focused and grow as a unit during the road trip.
The interview was conducted by Terrell Thomas. The video was shot and edited by Danny Digital.
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