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It's been so long since the Atlanta Hawks put together five consecutive road wins, it came during Don Nelson's first turn as coach of the Golden State Warriors.

Joe Johnson and the Hawks may want to play the up-tempo game Nelson usually prefers as they try to extend their successful run on the road when they meet the Warriors on Sunday.

Atlanta had a 6-15 road record this season before winning its last four road games, its best such streak since 1999. The team hasn't won five in a row away from home since a seven-game run from Nov. 17-Dec. 22, 1993.

In the first meeting between these teams on Jan. 31, the Hawks had no problem keeping up with the quicker pace the Warriors often employ and won easily, 115-94.

"We played their style of play and it benefited us tonight," Hawks forward Josh Smith said after that victory. "We're an athletic team as well and it fit us very well."

Johnson scored 33 points versus Golden State and had another big game Friday as Atlanta knocked off the team known most for its high-speed offense, beating Phoenix 120-111. While defeating the league's highest-scoring team, the Hawks posted their top scoring output of the season as Johnson scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter.

"We just rode Joe," said Smith, who added 25 points. "Joe had an awesome night, and we just played off his energy."

Friday's contest and the win over Golden State are the only times in the Hawks' last 12 non-overtime games they have scored more than 100 points.

With Nelson in his first season back on the Warriors' bench - he also coached them from 1988-1995 - the team is averaging 105.5 points to rank third in the NBA but is also giving up a league-high 107.4 per game.

The Hawks will try to keep their road streak going in an arena where they have lost four straight since Feb. 17, 2002. Golden State is 18-8 at home this season.

The Warriors notched their third straight home win on Friday, overcoming a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter and beating Chicago 123-121 in overtime.

Golden State's bench had 38 points and 23 rebounds, compared to 24 and 11 for the Bulls.

"It was nice to see that everybody who played made a contribution tonight," Nelson said. "Our reserves made the most of their opportunities in the second half. They were key to the comeback in the fourth quarter."

The Warriors won for the second time in three games since leading scorer Baron Davis has been sidelined with a bruised left knee. Davis, averaging 20.7 points and a team-high 8.7 assists, is not expected to be back in the lineup Sunday and it remains uncertain when he will return.

That could mean more time at point guard for Monta Ellis, who had 16 points and seven assists Friday after being forced out of Wednesday's loss at Minnesota with a knee injury.


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