Hawks rally from 19 down to beat Houston
HOUSTON – With their star three-point sharpshooter stuck in an 0-for-18 slump, the other four Atlanta starters carried the load Tuesday night.
In the 121-115 road win over Houston, Atlanta overcame both a 19-point deficit and the detrimental shooting woes of Kyle Korver.
Al Horford had 30 points and 14 rebounds, Kent Bazemore had 26 points and Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague both added 22. Korver had just two points, making both free throw attempts.
Dwight Howard led Houston with 30 points and 16 rebounds while James Harden had 26 points and eight assists.
"We couldn't guard them, we couldn't keep them in front of us, they were very, very good, and they got everything they wanted," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "In the second half, I think we played better defensively, kept them in front of us better and had a lot of guys step up on the offensive end."
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