NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 3rd (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (4-13) at Atlanta Hawks (10-6), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks kick off a quick two-game homestand Wednesday by welcoming the struggling Memphis Grizzlies to Philips Arena.
Al Horford scored 19 points, including the go-ahead three-point-play with 12.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter, to lead the Hawks in a 102-98 victory over the lowly Wizards in the nation's capital on Saturday.
Horford also hauled in 13 rebounds and dished out six assists for the Hawks, who have won four of their last six games.
Maurice Evans had 19 points and nine boards, while Mike Bibby ended with 21 points and six helpers. Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams had 18 and 14 points, respectively for Atlanta, which will aim to improve on its impressive 5-1 mark as the host.
The Hawks are likely to get a big boost for tonight's game as forward Josh Smith is expected to return after missing 13 games with an ankle injury. The dynamic Smith scored 17.2 points per game last season and netted 14.0 points and 10.7 rebounds in his first three outings this year - all easy Atlanta wins.
The Grizz, meanwhile, reached a new low on Saturday when they fell to the woeful Thunder in Memphis, 111-103, to record their sixth straight loss.
Kevin Durant netted 30 points and Jeff Green contributed 22, as the Thunder mercifully halted a 14-game slide with the win at FedEx Forum, just their second of the season and first since November 2 against Minnesota.
O.J. Mayo dropped 30 as well while also contributing seven boards for Memphis, which is just 1-8 as the visitor this season. Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol each registered 16 points in losing despite the Grizzlies shooting 57.7 percent from the floor.
The Hawks have won four straight over Memphis after the Grizz won the previous six contests in the series.
12/03 10:19:14 ET