Houston 112, Atlanta 106 | January 15, 2010 | Philips Arena
  • The Rockets knocked off the Hawks 112-106 at Philips Arena on Saturday, snapping Atlanta's 5-game winning streak and 10-game home win streak.
  • Both teams started hot offensively as the first quarter ended with Atlanta holding a 31-29 advantage ... The Hawks shot 59.1% in the stanza while the Rockets hit 60.0%.
  • The Hawks maintained their 2-point edge (58-56) at halftime despite being outrebounded 24-16 in the half.
  • Houston took control in second half, grabbing an 83-82 lead at the end of the third and pushing it to as many as 13 in the fourth (thanks to an 11-0 run).
  • Joe Johnson continued his outstanding play, leading Atlanta with 30 points and dishing out 7 assists, Al Horford tallied 24 points, 10 boards and tied a career-high with 8 assists, and Josh Smith added 21 points and game-high 12 rebounds.
  • The Rockets placed 6 players in double-figures, led by Aaron Brooks with 24 points and 10 assists.
  • Houston's bench outscored their Hawks counterparts 50-15 ... The Rockets also won the battle of the boards 45-32 and scored 21 points off turnovers, compared to 13 for Atlanta.
  • The Hawks are back in action on Monday vs. Sacramento (4pm on SportSouth HD\NBA TV and 99X).

- The Hawks led by 7 or 9 points almost the entire third period, but the Rockets went on a 14-4 run to end the period and take a 83-82 lead.

- Joe Johnson was on his way to a monster first half, but he picked up his second foul with 2:14 left in the first quarter and was limited to just 4 minutes in the second.

- Jamal Crawford started hot, but then hit a cold spell for the first time in weeks. After hitting his first two shots from the field he connected on only one of his next six attempts.

- Nothing went right for the Hawks at the start of the fourth quarter. The basket seemed to have a lid on it as even the easy shots were not going down. Meanwhile, the Rockets were having no trouble scoring on the opposite end of the floor. A 14-5 run quickly extended the lead to double-digits. To add insult to injury, even the Hawks Cheerleaders looked a step off during their fourth quarter routine.

- Atlanta did regroup, and there was a noticeable increase in defensive intensity with about four minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately, the hole that they had dug for themselves was too deep.



Josh Smith - 21 pts, 12 reb
Joe Johnson - 30 pts, 7 ast


Monday, January 17, 4pm
vs. Sacramento Kings
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