For the second consecutive night, the Atlanta Hawks had two poor quarters and for the second straight night, their opponent cruised to an easy win.
On Tuesday night, the Hawks were awful in the third and fourth quarters and fell to the Orlando Magic 109-92. On Wednesday, the Houston Rockets outscored the Hawks 66-36 in the first and fourth quarters, rolling to a 113-84 victory.
Guards Aaron Brooks and Francisco Garcia each scored a game-high 21 points off of the bench for the Rockets and the Rockets’ second unit logged heavy minutes in the victory.
Paul Millsap had a team-high 16 points and five rebounds to lead the Hawks.
The Hawks were dominated in virtually every way. The Rockets shot 55.1% to the Hawks’ 42.7%, hit 14 three-pointers to the Hawks’ eight and grabbed 42 rebounds to the Hawks’ 32. The Rockets also forced 18 Hawks’ turnovers.
Guard Jeremy Lin, who continues to start with all-star guard James Harden nursing a foot injury, left the game after just four minutes with a knee injury. He did not return.
The win improved the Rockets to 11-5 while the Hawks fell to 8-8.