Hawks struggling once again
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks try to put the brakes on a four-game losing streak this evening when they visit the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.
Atlanta defeated the Celtics earlier in the season, but has dropped two of three and four of the last six meetings. The Hawks have also dropped three straight and six of their last seven in Beantown.
The Hawks latest loss came on Tuesday, as they found themselves on the wrong end of a 108-97 decision to the Toronto Raptors at Philips Arena. Al Harrington, Joe Johnson and Zaza Pachulia all finished with 18 points for Atlanta, which suffered its fifth loss in six games.
Josh Smith added 17 points in defeat.
The teams were deadlocked at 97-97 heading into the final two minutes, but Morris Peterson buried a baseline three-pointer to put the Raptors in front. After Harrington missed a triple with 1:15 to go, Toronto's Darrick Martin drained a three with 53.4 seconds remaining to extend the lead to six.
Johnson misfired a three-point try on the other end, and Peterson and Mike James each hit two foul shots in the closing seconds to put the game away.
Atlanta, the NBA's best team from three-point range, hit just 2-of-its-11 shots from beyond the arc and has connected on 19-of-41 three-pointers over its last three games.
The Hawks, who start a two-game homestand after tonight's tilt, are a miserable 2-14 away from home this season.ATL