NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 11th (All times eastern)
Seattle SuperSonics (2-4) at Atlanta Hawks (4-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The resurgent Atlanta Hawks shoot for their longest winning streak of this decade tonight, when the club starts up a brief homestand with a matchup against the Seattle SuperSonics from Philips Arena.
The Hawks won their fourth consecutive game on Friday, a 111-102 decision over Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Joe Johnson led the way with 34 points and Josh Smith added a career-high 29, 20 of which came in the second half.
Atlanta, which lost the first nine games of the 2005-06 campaign, hadn't won four straight contests since putting together a five-game run from November 27-December 8, 1999.
To maintain their winning ways, the Hawks will have to knock off a Seattle club that has given them plenty of trouble in recent years. The Sonics have won five straight and six of their last seven over Atlanta, with the Hawks' only win during that stretch coming during the 2003-04 season.
Seattle is coming off last night's 99-85 triumph at Charlotte, which ended the team's two-game slide. Ray Allen delivered 26 points to lead the Sonics.
Rashard Lewis added 21 points and six assists while Chris Wilcox had 12 points and 13 boards for Seattle, which won for the first time in four road tilts this season.
The SuperSonics will be playing the third contest of a four-game road trip which concludes Monday in New Jersey.
Atlanta will hold the first of three consecutive home games this evening. The Hawks are 2-0 at Philips Arena on the young season.
11/11 10:09:15 ET