Joe Johnson is still out of the lineup, and Al Horford won't re-join it until the postseason, if at all.

With those two Hawks All-Stars out, that puts a heavy burden on forward Josh Smith. He has proved up to the challenge.

Smith's 27 points powered the short-handed Hawks to a 101-96 victory at Indiana on Tuesday night. The Hawks improved to 12-0 when Smith scores at least 20 points, which he has done in four of the past five games.