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Thunder vs. Hawks: Larry Drew says Atlanta 'wore down'

The Hawks outscored the Thunder in the second half, but it wasn't enough.

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Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew said his team "wore down" as Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder progressed, according to Chris Vivlamore of the AJC.

Despite outscoring the Thunder in the second half, the Hawks lost, 100-92. The Thunder have won 12 games in a row:

"It seems as the game progressed we wore down," coach Larry Drew said of the first half. "We weren't as sharp executing our sets. That resulted in some bad shots. We had a lot of bad shots in that first half. That was the reason we got down. I told the guys at halftime, when you play against a good team, a team who defends the way they do, you have to trust in what you do. It's not a time to fragment. I thought early we played too much one-on-one and it resulted in a lot of bad shots. They got out and ran and attacked us to the run."

The Thunder took control in the first half, jumping out to a 55-42 lead at halftime. The Hawks scored 25 points in the third quarter and 26 more in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Durant was the star once again for the Thunder. He scored 41 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in nearly 41 minutes on the floor. Russell Westbrook also had a big game, scoring 27 points and dishing out 11 assists.

Jeff Teague led the Hawks with a team-high 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. Josh Smith had 17 points -- second on the team -- and 12 rebounds in 42 minutes on the court.

The Hawks (15-8) are back in action Friday against the 76ers in Philadelphia.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.