While this game may be nothing more than a footnote in Mike Budenholzer’s career as the game in which he recorded his first win as Atlanta’s head coach, the Atlanta Hawks were able to defeat the Toronto Raptors 102-95 in their first home game of the season.
Al Horford and Jeff Teague each recorded double-doubles, the only two players in the game to do so, and as a whole the Hawks were able to hold off a late surge by the DeMar DeRozan-led Raptors to improve to 1-1 in the very early stages of the 2013-14 NBA season.
DeRozan led all players with 31 points but didn’t have much help from the rest of the team. The bench players finished with a combined 17 points for the Raptors meaning it was all up to Toronto’s starters to get the job done. While Amir Johnson, Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry added 43 combined points, it wasn’t enough to overcome an 11-point fourth quarter deficit.
Just like the Raptors, four of Atlanta’s starters were scored more than 10 points apiece. Al Horford led the way with 22 points and 16 rebounds while Jeff Teague added 17 points of his own and dished out 12 assists. Kyle Korver had 17 points of his own including going 5-8 from beyond the arc and Paul Millsap added 15 points as well.
Demarre Carroll finished with eight points, but added three rebounds, assists and steals to make for his lack of scoring in the game. Rookie guard Dennis Schröder finished with four points and one assist in 16 minutes of playing time.
Atlanta will now travel to Tinseltown for their first of three straight away games to take on the 1-2 Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:30 pm EST. They will travel to Sacramento and Denver before returning home to take on the Orlando Magic next Saturday.