Sunday , Dec , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Things getting better for the Hawks

(Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks try to make it two straight wins this
afternoon when they wrap up a brief two-game homestand against the Denver
Nuggets at Philips Arena.

The Hawks lost to the Nuggets earlier in the season and has lost three
straight in this series. Denver, though, has struggled mightily in Atlanta,
where they have won just once in its last 15 visits.

On Friday, Joe Johnson tied a career-high with 36 points to lead Atlanta over
the New York Knicks, 122-111. Al Harrington added a season-high tying 35
points for the Hawks, who have won three of their last four contests after
starting the season with just two wins in 18 outings.

Johnson connected on all but one of his seven three-point attempts and had
five assists and four rebounds, while Harrington finished 6-for-6 from beyond
the arc in the win. The two combined to hit 27-of-37 field-goal attempts as
the Hawks shot an NBA season-high 63.2 percent from the field.

Josh Childress and Marvin Williams came off the bench to combine for 17
points, 10 rebounds and four assists, and Zaza Pachulia grabbed 11 rebounds
and had nine points.

Atlanta, which will head to Miami on Tuesday, is 3-6 in its arena this season.

ATL