Friday , Feb , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks enjoy successful month

(Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks enjoyed solid play in a month for the
first time in nearly three years.

The Hawks closed out January as winners in four of their last five games to
run their monthly record to 8-7. It marked the first time the Hawks finished a
month with a winning record since going 4-3 in April, 2004.

It was also Atlanta’s first eight-plus win month since a 9-7 March in 2002.
The Hawks got offensive in January, hitting 44.5 percent of their shots from
the floor and 77.1 percent of their free throws. Defensively, the squad held
opposing teams to 92.3 points per game.

It came down to the wire, but Atlanta managed to claim the successful January
with a 115-94 win over Golden State, the Hawks’s second win in a row. Joe
Johnson, who ranks sixth in the East in scoring at 25.3 points per game, led
the way with 33 points.

“It’s nice to see. I give a lot of credit to the guys in the locker room,”
Hawks head coach Mike Woodson said after the Warriors game. “They’ve been
really working to get to this point. We still have a long way to go though.
But we’ll take 8-7, considering where we came from, with all the injuries. We
just have to keep going and try to make February better.”

The Hawks have also enjoyed some success on the road as of late. The club won
back-to-back road wins on January 24-26 to push their road win total to eight.
Atlanta ended last season with only eight road wins total.

The back-to-back victories away from Philips Arena marked the second time this
year Atlanta won consecutive road games, which they haven’t done since the
2000-01 campaign.

It’s a good sign for the Hawks, who wrap up a four-game homestand Friday
against Toronto before playing six of their next eight games on the road.