The Atlanta Hawks didn't quite get to 30 in the third, but they played well enough to effectively put the game out of reach with 12 minutes left. The Memphis Grizzlies made a run at it, cutting the lead to 79-75 with 3:40 left in the frame, but Zaza Pachulia and the Hawks clamped down on D as the Hawks soared to finish the frame.
Atlanta embarked on a 12-0 run to end the quarter to take a 14 point lead into the fourth. Pachulia, who leads the team with 17 points and 10 boards, put the exclamation point on the end of the frame, grabbing the rebound from Hasheem Thabeet's missed dunk. He was mobbed by his teammates as the horn sounded.
Josh Smith has five blocks in this one, but sat for the second half of the third after picking up his fourth foul. The Hawks have a 36-27 advantage on the glass.