NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 25th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (1-9) at Indiana Pacers (7-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks try to win back-to-back games, as they visit the Indiana Pacers tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Hawks have dropped 10 in a row at Indiana. The last time Atlanta defeated the PAcers on the road was on November 19, 1999.
Al Harrington poured in 34 points and pulled down six rebounds, as Atlanta finally posted its first win of the season by squeaking past the Boston Celtics, 120-117, on Wednesday at Philips Arena.
Zaza Pachulia added 19 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Boston for the Hawks, who entered the contest off to their worst start in franchise history by losing their first nine games. Rookie Salim Stoudamire scored 19 points off the bench for Atlanta, which won despite turning the ball over nine times in the fourth quarter.
Former Celtics Joe Johnson scored 13 points and hit three free throws in the final minute to seal the win for the Hawks, who shot 55.6 percent from the field.
The Hawks are 0-6 on the road this season. They return to the court on Sunday to host the Portland Trail Blazers at Philips Arena.
Indiana plays the finale of a four-game homestand. The Pacers are a perfect 3-0 on the current stand.
On Thursday, Ron Artest's 21 points led a group of six Pacers that scored in double figures, as Indiana thumped the Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-76, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Artest also shined on the defensive end, holding Cavs superstar LeBron James to just 6-of-20 shooting from the floor.
Sarunas Jasikevicius added 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-6 from three-point range, in the win over Cleveland for the Pacers. All-Star Jermaine O'Neal tallied 15 points and nine boards and Stephen Jackson had 14 points for Indiana, which has won three straight and 12 of 15 versus Cleveland.
The Pacers, who are 5-1 at Conseco Fieldhouse this season, are scheduled to embark on a five-game road trip after tonight's game. They will visit the Clippers, Utah, Phoenix, Portland and Seattle on the upcoming swing.
The home team has won nine of the last 13 contests in this series, while Indiana has been victorious in seven straight meetings overall.
11/25 10:16:14 ET