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“We have to grow up”

“We have to grow up”

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Dejounte Murray believes the Atlanta Hawks would learn from an ugly win rather than a blowout loss. “As I preached after the game, we need to grow up,” Murray said after Atlanta’s 126-125 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday.

“Starting with me. Exactly what we play for, these kinds of games shows that we don’t play to win and get to the playoffs and try to make noise. We have to grow up. It’s okay to learn from a win, even from a loss, but you’d rather learn from a win than a loss. We got sloppy and lazy and almost lost the game.”

Some NBA betting sites give the Hawks the 16th best odds to win the championship in 2023. Check out which sportsbooks are offering better odds for the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat.

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– Bally Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnBally) December 20, 2022

Dejounte Murray floored two clutch free throws in the dying seconds of Monday’s win. Overcoming a 13-point deficit, Orlando took a 12-0 lead in the fourth quarter to take a 125-124 lead.

Although the Magic outplayed them 31-22 in the final period, the Hawks led 34-27 by the end of the first quarter. Murray finished with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 38 minutes of action.

Dejounte Murray believes the Hawks need to finish stronger in the fourth quarter, especially against sub-.500 teams

In 26 starts this season, the guard is averaging 20.6 points, 5.4 boards, 6.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a sophomore. He also shoots 44.9% off the field and 35.5% off the bow.

Of course, after Dejounte Murray sunk both free throws, Paolo Banchero missed a 3-pointer on the buzzer for Orlando. That loss for the Magic ended their six-game winning streak. They wanted their seventh straight win since January 2011.

Trae Young was sent off and Dejounte Murray knocked down 2 clutch free throws to win it for the @ATLHawks!

Murray: 17 points
AJ Griffin: 19 points
Markelle Fultz: 24 PTS, 9 AST

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After the Hawks defeated the Magic, the team is now 16-15 and ranked eighth overall in the Eastern Conference. They have the same record as Miami.

Additionally, Atlanta is averaging 114.3 points per game this season, ranking 13th in the league. The Hawks allow 115.4 points per contest, ranking 19th in opponent points per game.

On November 25, in Atlanta’s 128-122 loss to the Houston Rockets, Dejounte Murray scored a season-high 39 points in 36 minutes with 39 points. He shot 14 of 24 (58.3%) from the ground and 8 of 13 (61.5%) from deep.

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