After the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Sacramento Kings at Philips Arena by a score of 122-108 a few games ago, they hit the road on a six game trip where they hoped to pick up some major victories. The hike started out great as the Hawks put down the Milwaukee Bucks after Al Horford took the game into his own hands on a last second shot, lifting Atlanta to a 103-102 win. From there the Hawks set sail to Detroit to face the Pistons. Horford and Josh Smith took the Hawks to a victory by the score of 114-103. Then it was on to see the Utah Jazz and Al Horford was again amazing for the Hawks, he scored a career high 34 points and grabbed 15 boards to go on top of them.
With three wins in a row the Atlanta Hawks were starting to feel the confidence that was present early in the season come back. They took that confidence to Phoenix but the Suns were too hot and with Josh Smith having a bad game, the Suns beat the Hawks by a score of 92-87. After the loss in Phoenix, the Atlanta Hawks looked to bounce back in Los Angeles as the Lakers looked to reach the .500 mark. Kobe Bryant scored 34 points to lift the Lakers past Atlanta, 99-98. The final game of the trip landed the Hawks in Denver where the Nuggets are becoming one of the toughest teams to run the floor with. The Nuggets won their 11th straight home game by defeating Atlanta and it look like the Hawks hit a wall in the second half, they wound up falling 104-88 to Denver.
With such a good start to the trip, one would think that the Hawks are very disappointed to how it ended. Hawks head coach Larry Drew will tell you that he thinks going 3-3 makes out for a good trip. To his credit, maybe it was, by the time they hit Phoenix many Hawks were injured and playing short handed had to weigh down on rest of the team but there are still games that a fan would look at as being left on the table. There is an argument that they should have at least beaten the Lakers and finished the road trip 4-2 instead of coming back home Even-Steven. When the Hawks return to 'The Highlight Factory' they take on a Philadelphia 76ers team who has lost nine of the last ten games.
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