NBA Game Summary - Houston at Atlanta
(Monday, January 16th)
Final Score: Atlanta 94, Houston 83
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Al Harrington shot a blistering 12-of-16 from the field and scored a game-high 28 points to lead Atlanta to a 94-83 win over Houston at Philips Arena.
"That was big because I let my team down (in the last game)," said Harrington. "I just had to come on -- be more aggressive and produce."
Joe Johnson added his fifth double-double of the year with 22 points and 10 assists for the Hawks, who ended a four-game skid. Rookies Salim Stoudamire and Marvin Williams also reached double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the win.
"We've been having letdowns in the fourth quarter," said Johnson. "They made a little run, but we managed to come back and counteract it with our own run. I thought we played big in the fourth quarter."
Juwan Howard paced the Rockets, who lost their sixth consecutive game, with 20 points and six rebounds. Rafer Alston chipped in 19 points and five assists while Dikembe Mutombo had 14 points and 10 boards for Atlanta. Luther Head also reached double figures with 16 points in the loss.
"We came out very well but I think one thing that killed us was our turnovers," said Mutombo. "We gave up 12 turnovers early in the game and missed about seven free throws and that gave them a chance to establish the momentum in the game."
Houston was again without star forward Tracy McGrady, who missed his fourth straight game since being taken to a hospital with severe back spasms.
The Rockets are now a dreadful 0-12 this season without McGrady.
"We left a lot on the board today," said Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy. "Free throws and turnovers are problem number one but when a team shoots that well you have to give them credit."
The Hawks opened the final frame with a 71-65 lead. Atlanta, though, started the quarter by hitting 9-of-10 from the field during a 20-10 run that extended a six point advantage to 16, 91-75.
Josh Childress capped the burst by draining a three from the left corner with just over four minutes left.
Head tried to fuel a comeback when he buried a three and followed that with a layup to make the score 91-80 with 2:01 left, but the Hawks quickly answered with three straight free throws to stem the tide and coast to victory.
Atlanta used an explosive second quarter to take a 10-point edge, 49-39, into intermission.
The two teams played a nip-and-tuck opening frame with Houston holding a precarious one-point advantage, 21-20, after 12 minutes.
Houston, which will host Dallas on Wednesday, is 9-12 away from home this season...The Hawks are 7-10 in their arena...Atlanta dominated the glass with a 37-28 edge...Josh Smith had seven points and 11 boards for Atlanta.
01/16 17:43:18 ET