NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 25th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (17-21) at Seattle SuperSonics (9-33), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of struggling teams meet tonight, as the Atlanta Hawks play the second of a five-game road trip against the Seattle SuperSonics at KeyArena.
This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On November 16th, rookie phenom Kevin Durant drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer in the second overtime to give the SuperSonics a 126-123 win over the Hawks at Philips Arena.
The SuperSonics have won eight straight and nine of the last 10 meetings in the series. Atlanta has lost three straight and five of its last six at Seattle.
The last time the Hawks defeated the SuperSonics was on November 9, 2003 at Seattle.
The Hawks enter tonight's contest on a four-game losing streak. On Wednesday, Marcus Camby ended with 13 points and 21 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets beat Atlanta, 107-100, at the Pepsi Center.
Josh Smith recorded a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Hawks, who have dropped nine of their last 12 games overall. Marvin Williams collected 20 points and rookie Al Horford finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.
Atlanta is 5-12 on the road this season. The Hawks will also visit Portland, Phoenix and the Clippers on the current swing.
Seattle has dropped 12 in a row and plays the second of a seven-game homestand on Friday. Tracy McGrady scored 28 points and hit the go-ahead bucket with 51 seconds to go, as the Houston Rockets came back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to hand the snake-bitten SuperSonics their 12th straight loss, 109-107, at KeyArena.
Durant scored 25 points in the loss for Seattle, while Wally Szczerbiak came off the bench to net 22 points. The 12 losses in a row ties a franchise record set over two seasons from March 15, 1969 to October 28, 1970.
The SuperSonics are just 5-14 at home this season. They will also host Sacramento, San Antonio, Cleveland, New York and Chicago on the current homestand.
01/25 10:31:54 ET