The Atlanta Hawks suffered an embarrassing loss at the hands of the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night. Atlanta managed only 25 points in the second half as they were destroyed 100-59.
Only Josh Smith and Jamal Crawford scored in double figures for the Hawks with 13 and 14 points respectively. The next highest scorer was Joe Johnson who had nine. As a team, the Hawks shot 23-79 for a lowly 29.1 percent on field goals.
Combined with the pathetic scoring output, Atlanta was also outworked on the glass as New Orleans out rebounded them 55-32.
Leading the charge for New Orleans was Chris Paul who had 16 points as four Hornets reached double figure scoring. Paul also had eight assists.
The Hornets shot 48 percent for the evening including making eight of their 15 three-point attempts.
Atlanta was without Al Horford who missed the game due to sore right ankle. It was very apparent how important Horford is to the Hawks as they were carved up by the Hornets offense. The loss snaps Atlanta’s two game winning streak.