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Resurgent Hawks eye .500 mark, host Thunder

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The Hawks were beaten on the boards 52-45.

“I really like the way we played, other than the rebounding,” McMillan said. “If we rebound the ball, then I think we control the game, but we didn’t rebound the ball.”

That could be an issue when the Hawks play Oklahoma City, which ranks No. 1 in the NBA with 48.4 total rebounds and 37.8 defensive rebounds per game. Rookie Josh Giddey leads the Thunder with 7.3 rebounds, with Darius Bazley right behind at 7.1.

Consider that seven different Thunder players average at least four rebounds a game, compared to two for the Hawks.

Giddey became one of only 16 NBA players since 2001 to average nine-plus points, six-plus rebounds and six-plus assists through the first 10 games of their rookie season and the first to do so since Trae Young in 2018.

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