Friday , Nov , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks try for first win against Hornets

(Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks will once again attempt to win their
first game of the 2005-06 campaign tonight, as they visit the struggling New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

The Hawks are off to their worst start in franchise history. In the 2000-01
season, Atlanta started the campaign with seven straight losses. Tonight’s
contest is the finale of a three-game road trip.

On Thursday, Josh Howard scored a game-high 25 points and Dirk Nowitzki added
20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Dallas over Atlanta, 87-78, at American
Airlines Center. Zaza Pachulia paced the lowly Hawks with a career-high 21
points and 12 rebounds in the loss, while Joe Johnson contributed 18 points.
Al Harrington finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Atlanta will have some time after tonight’s contest, as it will not return to
the court until November 23rd. The Hawks will welcome Paul Pierce and the
Boston Celtics next Wednesday to Philips Arena.

The Hornets have lost four straight and will conclude a brief two-game
homestand. On Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony had a season-high 31 points, as the
Denver Nuggets defeated the Hornets, 91-81, at the Ford Center.

Rookie Chris Paul scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the loss
to Denver, while David West chipped in 16 points and nine boards before
fouling out for the Hornets.

After tonight’s game, the Hornets will hit the road for two games. They will
visit the Orlando Magic on Saturday and the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings in this series. Atlanta
has won three of the last five contests. The Hawks have lost nine of 11 and 11
of their last 16 at the Hornets.

Atlanta will host the Hornets on January 7th at Philips Arena in the final
meeting of the campaign between the clubs.