Trans. Dec 17 6:44 ET (Dec 17 6:44 ET ) CLEVELAND (AP) -- Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-98 Wednesday night for their 11th victory in 12 games.
Shelvin Mack came off the bench and hit 7-of-8 shots, 6-of-6 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws to help the Hawks crush the Cavaliers 127-98 in Cleveland on Wednesday.
The Scoop:He finished with 24 points, two rebounds and three assists, taking over the backup point guard duties behind starter Dennis Schroder with Jeff Teague sidelined with a hamstring injury. Mack went on a second-quarter tear, scoring 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from downtown and the Hawks never looked back in the Cavs' most lopsided loss of the season. If Teague is going to miss more time, Mack could continue to be worth a look. But once he's back on the court it should be Schroder getting the back up minutes, while Mack will watch from the bench.
The Atlanta Hawks re-signed guard Shelvin Mack, the team announced Friday. In 73 games for the Hawks last season (11 starts), Mack averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists (second on the team) and 2.2 rebounds in 20.4 minutes while ranking seventh in the NBA in assist/turnover ratio (3.04). Mack scored in double-figures 22 times and had one double-double, leading the team in assists 14 times and in scoring once. In three NBA seasons with Washington, Philadelphia and the Hawks, Mack has played in 168 games (14 starts), averaging 5.5 points, 2.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 16.0 minutes.
The Scoop:"Shelvin has proven himself to be an excellent fit in our program," GM Danny Ferry said. "On the court, he plays well within our system and possesses a toughness and level of unselfishness that we truly value." Mack averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists, and 0.8 three-pointers as the Hawks backup point guard last season, and while he is a serviceable backup, he's not in the conversation for standard league consideration.