7:00 PM ET, November 7, 2009
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Up And Down
After starting the season by racing to five straight victories, the Nuggets have stumbled in their last two games.
|First 5 Games||Last 2 Games|
|3-pt FG pct.||47.3||17.4|
|Opp. FG pct.||43.0||50.6|
The Hawks were coming off a 103-83 loss to Charlotte on Friday night.
"It's a big statement. Having a letdown loss last night, and being able to come in and beat the number two or three team last year in the Western Conference. That's a big boost of confidence," said Smith, 8 of 10 from the field and 6 of 8 from the line.
"I had opportunities to succeed and I seized the moment. I have wonderful guys to pass the ball to and I was really looking to crash the boards."
The Hawks had a season-high 125 points and 30 assists.
• The Hawks beat the Nuggets for the 18th time in their last 20 meetings in Atlanta, posting their highest point total since Dec. 27, 2008.
• Josh Smith stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and six blocks. He is the first player to reach all those marks in a game since Jermaine O'Neal in February 2007.
• Atlanta matched a season high with 30 assists.
• The Nuggets have lost two straight after starting 5-0.
• Carmelo Anthony reached 30 points for the fourth time in six games this season, but he shot 1 for 8 from the field after halftime.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
"It's big, more mentally than anything else," Crawford said. "We had tough loss against Charlotte last night,and we beat a tough Denver team. We didn't lay down, and we fought. From start to finish, I thought we were really good as a team."
Carmelo Anthony had 30 points for Denver, and Chauncey Billups added 25. The Nuggets lost their second straight after winning their first five. Anthony was 7 of 21 from the field and 15 of 18 from the line.
"We didn't have enough energy. We never did get a grip," Denver coach George Karl said. "Crawford played great. Joe Johnson did a good job. Josh Smith had an incredible game. We didn't respect his shot blocking. We needed an A game from a lot of guys, and we didn't get it," he said.
The Hawks scored the first 10 points of the second half to make it 70-50. Denver never got closer than 12 points -- at 90-78 less than a minute into the final quarter.
The Hawks shot 52 percent, hitting 45 of 87 shots, including 8 of 19 3s. Bibby was 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
Both teams were coming off Friday night losses. The Hawks lost 103-83 at Charlotte, and the Nuggets fell 96-88 at Miami.
The Nuggets were without forward Kenyon Martin. He injured his leg Friday night. ... Karl is still seeking win No. 939 to pass Red Auerbach for eighth place on the career victory list.
ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Mike Woodson of the Atlanta Hawks diagrams a play before tip-off against the...(Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FGM-FGA||32-78 (.410)||45-87 (.517)|
|3PM-3PA||2-10 (.200)||8-19 (.421)|
|FTM-FTA||34-41 (.829)||27-30 (.900)|
|Fast Break Points||19||28|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||33 (0/0)|
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