Hawks 103, Grizzlies 92

Hawks coach Larry Drew likes what he’s seen lately from point

guard Jeff Teague.

Teague had 22 points and a season-high 13 assists, Josh Smith

added 19 points and 11 rebounds and Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis

Grizzlies 103-92 on Wednesday night.

”He got off to a really good start in that first half, which

really set the tone for the game,” Drew said about Teague. ”You

could see Memphis was laboring a little bit to get up and down. We

were trying to put an emphasis on really pushing the

basketball.”

Al Horford finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the

Hawks snap a two-game skid.

Zach Randolph scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 17 as the

Grizzlies lost their second straight.

Atlanta played without No. 2 center Zaza Pachulia, veteran guard

DeShawn Stevenson and swingman Anthony Morrow, but still held the

Grizzlies to 26.3 percent shooting in the third quarter.

”I thought this was one of the better games we’ve played in a

while,” Hawks guard Kyle Korver said. ”Energy was high. We had

some bad turnovers on the break, but I thought we were out and

running and playing aggressive.”

Memphis missed its first 13 shots from the field in the third

before Randolph hit a 22-footer at the 6:26 mark, but the Grizzlies

trailed by 19 and never recovered.

Beginning the game with the NBA’s stingiest defense, Memphis

allowed the Hawks to shoot a season-high 62.2 percent in the first

half.

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said he appreciated the effort

his reserves made in closing the gap in the fourth, but credited

the Hawks’ ability to frustrate Memphis’ defense.

”They just did what they wanted with the pick-and-roll,”

Hollins said. ”And then we helped, over-helped, and guys were left

open all over the court.”

Atlanta committed seven turnovers in the second quarter but

still led 58-45 on Teague’s layup in the closing seconds.

Jerryd Bayless finished with 15 points and Marc Gasol had 14

points and 10 rebounds for Memphis.

”Seemed like we had no emotion in the game,” Grizzlies guard

Tony Allen said. ”There was no griminess to it. There was no

grittiness to it. Once they made plays, it was like we put our

heads down.”

The Hawks took their first double-digit lead at the 6:25 mark of

the second when Teague’s 3-pointer from the right corner made it

43-33.

Korver scored 12 points for Atlanta, which took its biggest lead

at 23 on a free throw by Smith in the third.

Smith will try to extend his streak to five straight games with

10 rebounds when the Hawks host New Orleans on Friday. He

considered the Hawks’ work against Randolph a big part of the

team’s success.

Randolph, the NBA’s second-leading rebounder, had seven boards,

more than four below his average.

”He’s one player that will beat you up on both ends of the

floor, offensively and defensively,” Smith said. ”He’s a big

body, has soft hands and uses his positioning well in order to get

offensive rebounds. I had to make a conscious effort to stay glued

to him to limit his offensive rebounds and his touches on the

ball.”

Allen believes Memphis will regroup by watching film of its

mistakes the last two games. The Grizzlies open a three-game

homestand Friday against Golden State.

”I don’t think guys had the mindset to come out, seek and

destroy,” Allen said. ”Coach blamed it on the start, but

personally I just think they outworked us and they outplayed

us.”

Much of that was due to Teague, who had nine points, five

assists and no turnovers in the second quarter. He has scored at

least 20 points in four of his last six games.

”We were clicking on all cylinders,” Teague said. ”Al was

getting out and running, getting rebounds. Josh was getting out and

leading the breaks, and guys were making shots.”

NOTES: Pachulia missed his fourth straight game with a sore

right Achilles. … The Grizzlies dropped to 1-6 when opponents

score at least 100 points. … Drew usually doesn’t play Stevenson,

a 12th-year veteran, on back-to-back nights. Anthony Tolliver

replaced Stevenson in the lineup, finishing with eight points and

seven rebounds. ”He was constantly in (Tayshaun Prince’s) face and

had active hands,” Drew said. ”Down in the post, I thought his

length was very effective tonight.” … Atlanta G Devin Harris

scored eight points after missing Tuesday’s loss at Indiana with a

sore left foot. … Memphis is 5-2 on the road against Eastern

Conference clubs this season. … Both teams were playing for the

second consecutive night.