At halftime, the Atlanta Hawks figured they had played cautiously long enough.
With a burst of energy, tough defense and 3-point shooting from Lou Williams in the third quarter, the Hawks were able to pull away for a 93-83 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.
''I think we were just trying to play it safe because (the Grizzlies) are a really good team,'' Atlanta guard Jeff Teague said of the first-half effort. ''They were playing at home, so we didn't want to make any false moves and just keep it close.
''We just came in, (at halftime) and it was like: `Forget it. Let's play Hawks basketball and get after it.' And it helped.''
Josh Smith had 24 points, while Williams scored 18 of his 21 in the second half. Al Horford had 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which won for the ninth time in its last 10 games. Teague finished with 13 points and six assists.
Horford said Teague's leadership was a key to the third quarter, when Atlanta outscored Memphis 32-...