45 point third quarter is a first in nearly two decades
The Atlanta Hawks reached a milestone Wednesday against the Washington Wizards. The struggling team went on to pile up 45 points in the third quarter alone. That is the most they have scored in a single quarter since 2010.
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The Hawks seemed to have turned into a Golden State Warriors clone because of their monstrous output in that quarter.
Unfortunately, it was not enough as their defense let them down. They lost the game, 131-117, to drop dead-last in the standings of the Eastern Conference with a 5-20 record.
A poor start seemed cost the Hawks from getting the win win. They only managed to score 49 points in the first half while allowing the Wizards to pulverize them with a mind-boggling 72 points through the first two quarters.
The last time the franchise scored 45 points in a single quarter was against the Toronto Raptors, whom they faced in April 9, 2010. But the results then were different, as the Hawks won by a score of 107-101 to earn their 50th win that season.
Kent Bazemore was the second leading scorer with 22 points. He attempted a team-high of nine three-pointers, but only sank two. Trae Young struggled from the floor, but still finished with 14 points.
Hawks 21-year veteran Vince Carter has seemingly regained his younger days as he finished the game with 13 points in 22 minutes on the court.