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Hawks vs. Grizzlies: Strong second half lifts Atlanta over Memphis

Atlanta played "Hawks basketball" in the second half to earn a 10-point win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks overcame a six-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Grizzlies, 52-36, in the second half to defeat Memphis, 93-83, on Saturday.

Jeff Teague said the team played cautiously in the first half but came out in the second half and said: "Forget it. Let's play Hawks basketball and go after it."

Memphis point guard Mike Conley said that the Hawks "outworked" the Grizzlies on Saturday.

Atlanta head coach Larry Drew didn't feel like his team played well in the first half but was encouraged by being down only six points after two quarters. Drew credited Lou Williams with leading the team's comeback in the second half.

Williams had 21 points off the bench and was 4-of-6 from three-point territory on Saturday.

Drew described the game as a "huge win" for the Hawks, who are now third in the Eastern Conference with a 12-5 record, just one game behind the first-place New York Knicks.

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