Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Oklahoma City Thunder (6-11) play against the Atlanta Hawks (9-9) at State Farm Arena

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Monday November 22, 2021

Oklahoma City Thunder 101, Atlanta Hawks 113 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Yu Fu @YuFuTroy
Hunter has been great for the Hawks, but losing him doesn’t seem to hurt. With Huerter stepping up, their starting lineup went from +2.7 to +28.2, might have something to do with the schedule, but this happened to them last season as well pic.twitter.com/CSNaF5WjNo11:42 PM

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung
Just catching our Rhythm 🎶
5X in a row!!! #WeMove #ATL pic.twitter.com/2K6Ywi4VyJ11:40 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Utah drops to 11-6 on the season. Gobert with 23 and 13 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Bogdanovic with 24. But Jackson and Morant and Bane just destroyed the Jazz all night. Utah had no answers. On to Wednesday night and the Oklahoma City Thunder – 11:30 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Stunner. Grizzlies come back to win 119-118.
Morant: 32 points, 7 assists.
Bane: 28/4/4, a +15.
Gobert: 23/13, 5 blocks. +10
Conley: 19p/8a
Mitchell: 18/8/6, but just 5-20 from the field.
In OKC on Wednesday next. – 11:28 PM
Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
“We kind of screwed up on the road, dug ourselves in a big hole to start the year, and we had to right the ship.”
— Kevin Huerter
The Hawks did what they needed to do, going 5-0 on this homestand, which gets them back up to .500:
ajc.com/sports/atlanta…11:26 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s absence Monday night created an opportunity for Josh Giddey to audition as the Thunder’s lead ball handler.
Five takeaways from OKC’s loss in Atlanta:
oklahoman.com/story/sports/2…11:08 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Brandon Ingram’s 9 points were his second fewest as a Pelican. He had 7 in November 2019 against OKC. Only played 10 minutes that night. – 10:17 PM
Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
Trae Young on the Hawks going 5-0 on this homestand, completing the sweep and rebounding after losing six straight:
“We knew what we wanted to do and accomplish, coming on this home stretch. After what we did on the road, we knew we needed to take care of business.” – 10:17 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey says SGA still helped the Thunder tonight: “Shai’s a really smart player. He’s encouraging. He’s up on the bench, he’s talking to guys. He’s still vocal from the bench.” – 10:14 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey: “I think I can speak for the team. Although we didn’t win, the direction we’re headed is positive.” – 10:13 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey on Ty Jerome: “Ty was awesome. Ty’s an incredibly smart player. He’s an elite shooter. When he’s on the floor, we’re better as a team.”
Agreed. – 10:10 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Bazley had an impressive 5-game stretch, culminating with OKC’s win vs the Kings.
In the 6 games since, Bazley has made 13 of 59 shots, 4 of 21 from 3, and made one free throw out of a total of 4 attempts.
10 blocks during that stretch too, but it’s been a struggle offensively. – 9:52 PM
Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
Hawks did what they were supposed to do this homestand.
Beat Milwaukee without several key guys
Beat a rebuilding Orlando team
Beat Boston without Jaylen Brown and Rob Williams
Beat Charlotte on 2nd night of a back to back
Beat a rebuilding Thunder team
Back to .500 for Atlanta – 9:45 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Per Hawks PR, Nate McMillan reached 697 coaching victories with the win, passing Red Holzman to move into 19th place in NBA history. – 9:44 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey: 15 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: 13 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal.
The Thunder rookies were fantastic tonight. – 9:42 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
With tonight’s win, Nate McMillan has 697 coaching victories in his career, and he surpasses former Milwaukee Hawks and St. Louis Hawks Head Coach Red Holzman to move into 19th place in NBA history. – 9:40 PM
Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
Hawks win their fifth straight and beat the Thunder 113-101. Hawks now 9-9.
Young: 30/4/6, 9/20 FG
Bogdanovic/Huerter: 13 each
Collins: 11/6/5/5 blocks/1 steal – 9:39 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Final: Hawks 113, Thunder 101
OKC finishes its East trip 0-3. Now 6-11 overall. – 9:39 PM
Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
The Hawks beat the Thunder, 113-101, completing the sweep of their five-game homestand.
They are back at .500 (9-9).
Trae Young: 30 pts, 6 ast, 4 reb
John Collins: 11 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, 5 blk, 1 stl
Bogi: 13 pts, 5 reb
Kevin Huerter: 13 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast – 9:38 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Sharife Cooper sprained his ankle in CP yesterday, so seeing him in the game for the last couple of minutes is a good sign. – 9:38 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
A group of rowdy Hawks fans are chanting Mike Muscala’s name.
Muscala raises his hand to acknowledge them.
“We still love you,” the fans chant back.
Heartwarming stuff. – 9:35 PM
Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
Every active Hawk except Clint Capela has now hit a 3-pointer in this game.
Overall, Hawks are shooting 43.3% from 3 (13-30). – 9:34 PM
Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
John Collins signed a five-year, $125 million contract this offseason and took his game to another level this season. If he keeps playing like this, the Hawks continue winning, he should definitely be in the All-Star conversation. – 9:33 PM
Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
John Collins has now tied a career-high with five blocks. – 9:29 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
John Collins is the first Hawks player to finish with 10 points/5 rebounds/5 assists/5 blocks in a game since Paul Millsap on 2/13/17 at Portland. – 9:29 PM
Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
Hawks win the challenge, it’s now a no-call for Trae Young. – 9:27 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
If Dave Bliss doesn’t put Josh Giddey in during this timeout, the Thunder need to replace him as head coach next game. – 9:26 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
from every spot on the floor ⚡
@Ty Jerome | #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/9oon9GKbIF9:25 PM

Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Atlanta’s defense held the Thunder to only 11 third quarter points on 4-26 FG (.154 FG%).
The 11 points are the least amount of points the Hawks have allowed in a single quarter since 1/17/18 vs. New Orleans (10 points, third quarter). – 9:18 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Ty Jerome scored 8 points in the first 2 minutes of the 4th quarter.
Third straight game in double digits for Jerome.
SGA called Ty the best pure shooter in the league. – 9:16 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Cam just drove to the rim on a break. OKC did a good job closing down the rim and Cam made a little dump off to Gallo to reset. That’s a little thing that adds up. – 9:15 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
John Collins has his first career game of 10-or-more points, 5-or-more rebounds, 5-or-more assists and 4-or more blocks. – 9:12 PM
Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
The Thunder scored 11 points in the third quarter. Hawks defense was much better than what they showed in the first half. Hawks up 93-71.
Young: 21/5, 7/17 FG
Bogdanovic: 13/5
Collins: 11/6/5/4 blocks/1 steal – 9:12 PM
Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
After struggling defensively in the second quarter, the Hawks held the Thunder to 11 points in the third — that’ll do it.
Hawks take a 93-71 lead into the fourth. – 9:11 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Atlanta outscored OKC 27-11 in the third quarter.
The Thunder is 5-of-26 from three tonight. – 9:10 PM
Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
John Collins so far: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks, 1 steal
Tonight is a good example of how his game is growing, particularly his passing – 9:10 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Steven Adams needs to have a Zoom call with the Thunder bigs about giving Josh Giddey easy rebounds when he’s close to a triple double. – 9:07 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
With his fifth defensive rebound tonight, John Collins has tied Alan Henderson for 17th on the Hawks’ all-time defensive rebounds list with 1,503. – 9:05 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
John Collins:
▪ 11 points
▪ 5 rebounds
▪ 5 assists
▪ 3 blocks
▪ 1 steal – 9:04 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Trae Young (5,357 career points) surpassed Stacey Augmon for 24th on the Hawks all-time points list with his made free throw at the 5:37 mark of the third quarter in tonight’s contest. – 9:04 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Giddey is fun. – 8:56 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
John Collins has 5 assists. He’s really upped his passing from last season. – 8:54 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
With his fourth defensive rebound tonight, Clint Capela has reached 2,900 for his career … He is the 51st active NBA player to reach that total. – 8:49 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
With his third three-pointer tonight, Bogdan Bogdanovic has 184 as a Hawk, and has tied Vince Carter and Tyronn Lue for 24th place in Hawks history. – 8:48 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
With his second defensive rebound tonight, John Collins has become the 18th Hawk to reach 1,500 career defensive boards. – 8:47 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
The Hawks scored 66 points in tonight’s first half on 26-48 FG (.542 FG%). Atlanta’s 66 opening half points marks a season-high for points in a first half. – 8:45 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
The Athletic’s draft guru @Sam Vecenie ranked the top 16 rookies so far this season.
Josh Giddey is #6, higher than Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is #14. So OKC’s 2nd rounder has played like a lottery pick. – 8:45 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks up 36-16 after one on the #Magic
Third game in a row they’ve come out on fire from the floor (57% from the field, 50%) from three.
Problems have come in the second half v. OKC & ORL. – 8:40 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
OKC had their highest scoring half of the season.
Without their best player.
Competitiveness and effort are underrated NBA skills. – 8:34 PM
Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
The Thunder shot 71 percent from 2 and 24 percent from 3 in the first half. – 8:33 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Halftime: Hawks 66, Thunder 60
Really nice half for Josh Giddey: 9 pts, 6 ast, 5 reb
With SGA out, Giddey is doing a nice job initiating offense. Interesting to see what OKC looks like with Giddey as the primary ball handler. – 8:32 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey at the half: 9-5-6
The 19 year old is on pace for a historic triple double. – 8:32 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
I feel like the Atlanta Hawks spent their entire last practice working on taking charges. They’re just unexplainably trying for charges despite being in good position to contest and disrupt shots at the rim. – 8:32 PM
Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
Hawks up 66-60 over the Thunder at halftime. The defense was very bad from both teams.
Collins: 11 points
Bogdanovic: 10 points
Young: 9/4, 3/8 FG – 8:31 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Lu Dort just ended a 2-on-1 fast break against Trae Young. Really tough to do. – 8:30 PM
Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
OKC (without Shai) is shooting 54.3% from the field and trading baskets with Atlanta — Hawks need to buckle down defensively to close out this homestand strong. – 8:29 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
how many buckets? (a lot)
#MikeMuscala | #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/ah8r3fuZL48:25 PM

Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
The current foul situation is such that the Hawks should aim to be more physical in attempting to prevent dribble drives and they are not doing that. – 8:25 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
It’s Mike Muscala’s first game back in Atlanta since he was traded to Philadelphia in 2018. 9 points in 7 minutes so far. – 8:16 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Clint Capela recorded 8 points and 6 rebounds in tonight’s opening quarter.
It’s the second straight game Capela has tallied 8 points and 6 boards in a single quarter and the 22nd time doing so in his career. – 8:14 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Aleksej Pokusevski just out here tossing up 3’s you love to see it. They aren’t going in or anything but still it’s fun. – 8:11 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
quick study abroad 🌍
@BazleyDarius | #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/VrQ6cdm2k28:07 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Celtics 22, Rockets 21 after 1. Celtics made just 8 of 24 shots (Knicks were 5 of 23 in the first quarter on Saturday and OKC was 9 of 26 to start on Wednesday.) Rockets, however, just 1 of 9 on 3s, 2 of 5 from the line. Apparently, their misfiring is contagious. – 8:05 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder logo, as drawn by Solomon Hill. Really not too bad. pic.twitter.com/ifZ5Glb4Y38:05 PM

Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
Hawks up 32-27 over the Thunder at the end of the first quarter.
Capela: 8/6, 4/7 FG
Huerter/Collins: 6 each
Young/Bogdanovic: 5 each
Thunder shot 2/13 from 3 in the quarter – 8:04 PM
Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
After the first quarter: Hawks 32, Thunder 27
Clint Capela: 8 pts, 6 reb
Kevin Huerter: 6 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast
John Collins: 6 pts
Trae Young: 5 pts, 3 ast – 8:04 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
With his second free throw attempt tonight, Trae Young (1,617) has tied Jeff Teague for 25th in team history. – 8:03 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Cam Reddish caught a fast-break pass that took him out of bounds, surveyed the situation and found Capela for a dunk. – 8:01 PM
Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
One steal and one almost-steal (ball rolled out of bounds) in Cam Reddish’s first three minutes off the bench. – 8:00 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Baze gettin’ downhill ⚡
@BazleyDarius | #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/hceE8HRXMU7:54 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Josh Giddey pulling off a tough finish is huge. – 7:53 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Heady play by Atlanta, if you never build a huge lead against the Thunder they can’t make a comeback. pic.twitter.com/0eIzba9Y4H7:52 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
That’s it for Coach Jenkins, and that’s it for me. Let’s do another pregame poll.
The Memphis Grizzlies are currently 8-8 16 games in to the season. In what range will the Grizzlies be record-wise 32 games in to the season (after their December 20th game against OKC at home)? – 7:51 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey is so good with the ball in his hands.
It’s early, but he has a real shot to make history by becoming the youngest player to record a triple double tonight. – 7:50 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Darius Bazley just pulled off a great euro move. – 7:49 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Josh Giddey almost tried a step back 3, taking this whole fill in for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander thing a little too literally. – 7:48 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
really cool of the Hawks to not wear their red uniforms tonight – 7:48 PM
Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
John Collins on Jeremiah Robinson-Earl’s head.
I talked with Collins a few weeks ago about posterizing everyone he possibly can.
We are running a $1/month for 12 months promo, so if you haven’t read it, do so below.
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Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
I could watch Josh Giddey zip cross court passes all day. It’s amazing how much success he has on those. – 7:45 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
That’s the exact look Atlanta will hunt all game. Favors in a deep drop get Young going down hill for a floater. – 7:42 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
OKC has a big lineup. Trae is guarding 6-8 Josh Giddey. – 7:41 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
BIG start in the A.
Presented by @EnableMidstream pic.twitter.com/zkVLkoZ6DL7:40 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Point guard Trae Young guarding point guard Josh Giddey tonight: pic.twitter.com/Xxwzerj6D77:39 PM

Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
Regular starters for the Hawks tonight vs. the Thunder:
Trae Young
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Kevin Huerter
John Collins
Clint Capela – 7:15 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Me on todays Locked on #Thunder: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl should start over Derrick Favors every game no matter the match up
Dave Bliss tonight: pic.twitter.com/VVW0wEjr1E6:50 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Dave Bliss is getting a lot of questions from Atlanta media about his time in Athens.
As Bliss told us, his experience at UGA shaped his coaching career. oklahoman.com/story/sports/2…6:17 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Dave Bliss is hilarious. He reiterated Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is a position less player “who you calling a center?” He laughs as he says “I love bigs.” – 6:13 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Dave Bliss says a few of his UGA teammates are coming tonight as they Thunder take on the Hawks in Atlanta but Bliss tries to keep his ticket requests down. – 6:12 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA is out tonight.
Big bummer BUT…
…get ready for the Josh Giddey Show. 🍿 – 6:09 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
With SGA out, Dave Bliss will go big and start Jeremiah Robinson-Earl at the four and Derrick Favors at the five.
Giddey, Dort and Bazley will round out the starting lineup. – 6:09 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Darius Bazley will be the 3 tonight. The starters:
Josh Giddey
Lu Dort
Darius Bazley
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
Derrick Favors
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is out. – 6:08 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (right ankle sprain) is out tonight, per Dave Bliss. SGA is day-to-day moving forward. – 6:08 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Dave Bliss says Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is OUT tonight and is Day to Day with his Ankle. – 6:08 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
One thing that Nate McMillan said that he was looking for was for the Hawks to get Trae some of his outlet passes further up to the floor.
Coming back to the ball slows the fast-break game down a bit. – 6:06 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder lifestyle services and engagement associate Anthony Morrow is here tonight. pic.twitter.com/rSok29OtSB5:55 PM

Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
Bogdan Bogdanovic (right quad contusion) will be a game-time decision for tonight, per Nate McMillan. – 5:49 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is on the floor, but that doesn’t mean he’ll play.
Dave Bliss will have an update soon. pic.twitter.com/UdvJfNAcCw5:48 PM

Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
This past week (11/15-11/21), Clint Capela led the NBA in FG% (.815) and offensive rebounds per game (5.0), while finishing second in total rebounds per game (14.3).
Capela posted two 20+point/15+ rebound outings, one of only two players to do so twice in the last week. – 5:30 PM
Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
Ahead of tonight’s @Charlotte Hornets game at WAS, some notes on LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges and their performances at ATL:
Ball had 15 pts, 10 rebs, 11 ast for his 3rd career triple-double to become the 2nd youngest player to reach 3 triple-doubles only behind Luka Doncic #AllFly5:21 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Atlanta, 7-1 at home this season, ranks in the top-5 in multiple home statistical categories: .493 FG% (1st), .829 FT% (3rd), 17.5 FTM (t3rd), 115.6 PPG (4th) and .381 3FG% (5th).
Atlanta’s .875 home winning % is tied for the best in the East and tied for third in the NBA. – 3:51 PM
J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
tre mann continues to make violently angled dribble moves pic.twitter.com/eBIE18aVlJ3:48 PM

Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Over the weekend, a new #peltonmailbag answered your questions on whether NBA sons plays like their NBA fathers (and sibling similarity), how common those duos are and why the records for OKC and Utah don’t match their point differentials: es.pn/2ZijicM (ESPN+) – 3:39 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
The other nominees for the NBA’s Player of the Week award were:
WEST: Deandre Ayton, Jordan Poole, Karl-Anthony Towns
EAST: LaMelo Ball, Jimmy Butler, Clint Capela, DeMar DeRozan, Darius Garland, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Jayson Tatum – 3:39 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Clint Capela was a nominee for East Player of the Week. Giannis Antetokounmpo won the honor. – 3:38 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
After stops in Milwaukee and Boston, the Thunder concludes its three-game road trip in Atlanta to face the Hawks for the first time this season
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📝 | https://t.co/oFhtLI0SFK pic.twitter.com/m152VGDZFa2:30 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Didn’t make it to the first drop? Say less.
You can purchase the Warren Lotas x #Rockets collection at the final three home games of November.
🚀 Nov. 24 vs Bulls
🚀 Nov. 27 vs Hornets
🚀 Nov. 29 vs OKC
🎟 https://t.co/PNwBa2HRTp pic.twitter.com/Oz3uad4ZzF2:22 PM

Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Atlanta enters tonight’s game on a four-game winning streak (tied for the second-longest active winning streak in the NBA).
Over those four games, the Hawks are averaging 118.5 PPG, .516 FG%, 13.5 3FGM and 26.3 APG, winning by an average of +14.7 PPG. – 1:45 PM

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