NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 22nd (All times eastern)
Phoenix Suns (49-16) at Atlanta Hawks (11-55), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - It will be worst versus first this evening in Atlanta, as the reeling Hawks will take on the Western Conference-leading Phoenix Suns at Philips Arena.
The Hawks have dropped five in a row, 18 of 19, 21 of 23 and 25 of their past 28 contests. Atlanta's struggles continued on Monday night, as it fell 105-91 to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
Josh Childress led the way for Atlanta with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Josh Smith chipped in 16 points in the losing effort. Al Harrington tacked on 15 points and Tyronn Lue chipped in 14 points and eight assists.
Atlanta shot 43.6 percent from the field, including 2-of-5 (.400) from three- point range. The Hawks hit 21-of-29 (.724) from the free throw line in the defeat.
The Hawks, who own the league's worst record (11-55), are 8-24 at home this season. Atlanta has dropped nine of 11 and 10 of its last 13 home tilts.
Phoenix, which resides in a virtual tie with San Antonio atop the West, has won six of its last eight games. The Suns began their five-game road trip with a 97-91 win over Memphis at FedExForum on Sunday.
Joe Johnson had 28 points and eight rebounds to lead the Suns past Memphis. Shawn Marion added 14 points and 16 boards for the Suns, who won their sixth in their last eight.
Quentin Richardson finished with 18 points for Phoenix, which improved to 26-7 away from home this season. Phoenix has won seven straight and 11 of its last 12 road games.
Steve Nash tacked on 13 points and 13 assists, while Amare Stoudemire posted 15 points and nine rebounds. The Suns shot 48.7 percent from the field, including 8-of-19 (.421) from three-point range.
Walter McCarty did not play in the contest due to back spasms. McCarty is listed as questionable for tonight's contest.
Phoenix registered a 112-82 beating of the Hawks at America West Arena on Nov. 3. The Suns have won nine of 11 and 12 of the last 15 meetings in this series. Phoenix has won five of its last seven at the Hawks.
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