ATLANTA Here are five things we gleaned from the Hawks' 111-100 loss to the Hornets on Friday night:
1. Atlanta never found its comfort zone even when leading by 14 in the first half
In a frenetic first quarter, the Hawks connected on 10 of 21 shots and buried six three-pointers ... and yet, only led the Hornets by one. That should have been a strong indicator of how things would shake out after Atlanta's mojo from beyond the arc subsided.
And things went ice-cold in the second half, with the Hawks getting outscored 29-16 in the third quarter and then failing to hold the Hornets under 30 points in the final stanza.
"Defensively, we did not have a presence," said Hawks coach Larry Drew, who continually harped on his team's lack of "energy" and "physicality" during the postgame address. "Our demise was falling flat in the third quarter, and I've got to get a pulse on that."
New Orleans shot 52 percent from the field, assaulting the Atlanta defense with abarrage of three-pointe...