The Hawks will literally limp home from their lengthy road trip.
Playing short-handed the Hawks fell behind early to the Nuggets and could never fight all the way back. The result was a 104-88 loss Monday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Hawks lost for the third straight time to end the season-long trip after starting with three victories. They settled for a .500 road trip that began with so much promise.
“At the start of this road trip we started 3-0 and I told the guys after the Utah game that we had a chance to have an exceptional road trip,” coach Larry Drew said. “After we dropped the game in Phoenix the mindset was we still had a chance to have an exceptional road trip. It went from that to an opportunity for a great road trip if we came out with a win tonight. … We finished 3-3 so for us that would be a good road trip.”
The Hawks played with just 10 players as guards Kyle Korver (toe strain) and DeShawn Stevenson (back-to-back games) and center Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) were all out. Rookie Mike Scott was on a D-League assignment. To make matters worse, Jeff Teague (left ankle sprain) and Ivan Johnson (dislocated left middle finger) missed some time in the first-half but returned.
The Hawks (33-26) were led by Al Horford with 18 points, snapping his streak of 20-plus point games at nine. He added 13 rebounds. Josh Smith and Teague added 15 points apiece and Devin Harris added 11 points.