Lakers: Defeated. Suns: Disposed. The Hawks avenged an ugly road loss to the Suns earlier this month with a 107-94 victory Friday night at Philips Arena. It was the second straight victory for the Hawks, who in a span of three days defeated the two teams that started a streak of six losses in seven games to start March. The Hawks now have a Sunday matchup with the Nets, a team that contributed to that slide with a win in Atlanta last week and is two games up for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. “We’ve got to see,” Josh Smith said when asked if the Hawks had turned the corner after the slump. “Hopefully we can go up to Brooklyn and continue the streak and keep playing up tempo, keep playing unselfish, keep playing together. “We just have to focus on getting wins at this point, no matter who they are against. There are a lot of teams that are bunch up and we have to try to create a little separation.” The Hawks (36-29) entered the game with the same record as the Bulls and Celtics, tied for the fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls played at the Warriors late Friday. Smith nearly had a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. The Hawks also got a double-double from Al Horford with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Korver (16), Devin Harris (15) and DeShawn Stevenson (12) all finished with double-digit scoring.
Hawks storm past Suns to avenge loss
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Mar 16