Saturday , Jan , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks hope to get on track with long homestand

(Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks hope to put the brakes on a three-game
losing streak this evening when they open a seven-game homestand against the
Washington Wizards at Philips Arena.

Washington defeated Atlanta earlier in the season and has won six straight, 12
of 16 and 14 of the last 19 meetings. The Wizards, who have gone over 100
points in their last five matchups with the Hawks, have also had success in
Dixie, where they have won five of seven and seven of 10.

Atlanta continued to struggle on Friday, as it was on the wrong end of a
105-94 decision to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Joe Johnson had 19 points and Al Harrington and Zaza Pachulia each had 18
points for the Hawks, who have dropped seven of nine.

Atlanta drew within 100-92 with just over two minutes remaining, but that
would be as close as the Hawks would get. With 1:31 left, Stephon Marbury
completed a three-point play, making it an 11-point contest, 103-92.

The Hawks, one of the NBA’s best teams from three-point range, hit just 1-of-
its-10 shots from beyond the arc and has connected on 8-of-35 three-pointers
over its last three games.

Atlanta, which will also welcome Houston, Detroit, Milwaukee, Indiana,
Cleveland and Phoenix on this season-long stand, are 6-9 in their building
this season.