Updated: January 15, 2013, 12:41 am ET
Hawks score 58 in loss to Bulls
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
You’d have thought you were watching college basketball. But even a bad midmajor team can do better than this.
The Atlanta Hawks lost 97-58 Monday night to the Chicago Bulls. That might sound bad enough. It’s not. The Hawks scored five points in the entire second quarter of the loss, a franchise-low 20 points in the first half. Atlanta is on a skid, with six losses in its last seven games.
But five points in a 12-minute quarter?
This was a spectacle to behold, a train wreck for all those tuning in on NBA League Pass. Let’s do a statistical breakdown of this awfulness:
Jeff Teague’s layup with 7.9 seconds remaining kept it from being the lowest-scoring night in Hawks history.
No Hawks starter reached double-figures in scoring, with backup forward Mike Scott finishing with a team-high 10 points.
From 6:37 in the first quarter until 11:44 in the third, the Hawks scored seven points. That’s a stretch of 17 minutes, 38 seconds of game time. Over a 48-minute game, that pace would get you 19 points.
During one nearly 10-minute drought from the end of the first quarter until late in the second, the Hawks missed 17 consecutive field goal attempts.
In the second quarter, the Hawks shot 2-for-21 (9.5%) from the field. They had more fouls (six) and turnovers (seven) than points (five).
The game lasted 2 hours, 13 minutes of real time. That means the Hawks scored about four points per 10 minutes.
It could have been worse: The Hawks shot 8-for-10 from the line, but they only average 70.2%.
The Hawks’ top three scorers — Josh Smith, Al Horford and Lou Williams — average more than 47 points a game. In this one, they totaled 19.
The Hawks had as many fouls as made field goals, with 24 of each.
The Bulls scored 54 points on two-pointers alone, nearly enough to beat Atlanta’s 58 on all shots.
The Bulls had more points in every quarter (26, 22, 23, 26) than the Hawks had in the first half (20).
The awfulness slowed a bit in the final quarter, when Atlanta mercifully put up 21 points. And they aren’t the first team … [For more on Hawks score five points in quarter, 58 in loss to Bulls, click here.]
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