The battle in the paint and the shooting skill of reserve guard Lou Williams were the keys allowing the Atlanta Hawks to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-83 on the weekend.
Small forward Josh Smith headed the Hawks' attack with 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block.
Meanwhile, Dominican center Al Horford dominated underneath the hoop, contributing 19 points and 14 rebounds to win the one-on-one duel with Spaniard Marc Gasol, who in the first half had been the Grizzlies' star.
But in the second half, the rest of the team practically disappeared in the face of Horford's outstanding play and especially the effort made by Williams, who tallied 21 points, 18 of them in the second half, a central contribution to the Saturday night matchup.
Horford played for 37 minutes, during which he scored on eight of 16 shots from the floor and hit three out of four of his free throws, not to mention his three assists and a block.
Meanwhile, guard Jeff Teague notched 13 points, six assists, captured two rebounds and made two steals, a contribution that helped the 12-and-5 Hawks secure their third consecutive win.
Memphis edged Atlanta pointwise in three of the quarters, but the third period proved decisive for the Hawks with them outscoring their rivals 32 to 13 and creating a lead that the Grizzlies could not overcome. EFE