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Dejounte Murray on Hawks’ struggles: ‘We’ve got to grow up’

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Dejounte Murray feels the Atlanta Hawks would learn better by an ugly win rather than from a blowout loss. “Like I was preaching after the game, we’ve got to grow up,” Murray said following Atlanta’s 126-125 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday.

“Starting with me. Just what we’re playing for, these type of games show we’re not playing to win and get to the playoffs and try to make noise. We’ve got to grow up. It’s OK to learn from a win, even losses, but you’d rather learn from a win than a loss. We got sloppy and comfortable and almost lost the game.”

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Dejounte Murray knocked down two clutch free throws in the final seconds of Monday’s win. Orlando overcame a 13-point deficit and went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a 125-124 lead.

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

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

Through 26 starts this season, the sixth-year guard is averaging 20.6 points, 5.4 boards, 6.1 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. Plus, he’s shooting 44.9% from the field and 35.5% beyond the arc.

Of course, after Dejounte Murray sank both of his free throws, Paolo Banchero then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Orlando. This loss for the Magic snapped their six-game win streak. They were going for their seventh straight win since January 2011.

After the Hawks’ win against the Magic, the team is now 16-15 and ranks eighth overall in the Eastern Conference standings. They have the same record as Miami.

Moreover, Atlanta is averaging 114.3 points per game this season, ranking 13th in the league. The Hawks are allowing 115.4 points per contest, so they rank 19th in opponent points per game.

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

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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