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Numbers Don't Lie
Now you'll know how good the 2009-10 Atlanta Hawks were.

By Jon Cooper

The blessing, and some might argue the curse, about numbers is that they are a valuable tool in helping to spin any situation the way you want to spin it — go back in the Hawks.com archives and you'll probably find some statistical roses sprouted from the post-mortem of the 2004-05 season.

But sometimes, the numbers simply reflect something special. For Hawks fans that's the majority of the 2009-10 regular season and even some of the Playoffs.

Here's a final numerical look at some of the facts and achievements of the 2009-10 Atlanta Hawks.

0 - The number of losing months the Atlanta Hawks endured during the regular season.

10 - The number of consecutive winning months heading into the 2010-11 season.

2 - The longest losing streak since January 1. Atlanta went the final 49 games of the regular season, and begins 2010-11, without losing three straight games. It's currently the NBA's longest such streak.

4 - The number of months that the Hawks won at least nine games. There were five months during the season that they played at least nine games.

4 - The number of teams in Atlanta Hawks history that compiled more wins than the 53 earned by the '09-10 squad.

6 - The number of consecutive seasons the Hawks increased their regular-season wins total.

12 - The current regular-season winning streak at Philips Arena heading into the '10-11 season. It's the longest home winning streak since 1996-97, when the team won 20 straight.

.829 - Atlanta's '09-10 winning percentage at The Highlight Factory. Their 34-7 mark is the best since the 36-5 posted in '96-97.

101.68 - The Hawks' offensive total per game. That was fifth in the East and 13th in the NBA.

97.02 - The Hawks' defense per game. It ranked seventh in the East and 10 in the NBA.

4.65 - Atlanta's point differential, which ranked third in the East and seventh in the NBA.

.360 - Atlanta's three-point shooting. The Hawks ranked fourth in the East and ninth in the NBA.

25 - The League-low number of manpower games lost to injury in 2009-10. That was 23 fewer than the nearest team, Minnesota, which had 48.

26 - The number of wins in 28 games when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor.

21 - The number of wins in 29 games when Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford netted at least three three-point field goals.

18 - The number of wins in 20 games when making 10-or-more steals.

3.44 - Point guard Mike Bibby's assist-to-turnover ratio in '09-10. It tied for fifth-best in the NBA.

.389 - Bibby's team-leading three-point field goal percentage (he made 126 of 324). Crawford (.382) and Joe Johnson (.369) were next from behind the arc. Bibby's .412 led the team in postseason three-point shooting (minimum 10 attempts).

6 - Bibby's rebound total in the First-Round Game Seven victory over Milwaukee. The six boards were only two off his career playoff high.

580 - The number of votes out of 610 earned by Crawford in voting for NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He earned 110 of 122 first-place votes.

0 - The number of players that didn't start a game and averaged more points per game than Crawford's 18.0 ppg.

1 - The number of players on the Hawks who scored more points per game than Crawford's 18.0 ppg. Johnson averaged 21.3 ppg.

6 - The number of players in the entire NBA who made more three-point field goals than Crawford's team-leading 163.

9 - The number of four-point plays by Jamal in '09-10. He heads into 2010-11 as the all-time career leader with 28.

15.2/4.8/.545/.632 - Mo Evans' points per game, rebounds per game, field goal and three-point field goal percentages in his five starts.

52.3/9.0/19 - Al Horford's 2010 playoff shooting percentage, rebounds per game average and blocked shots. His shooting percentage led the team, while his RPGs and blocks tied for the team lead with Josh Smith. Horford also grabbed a team-high 71 defensive rebounds and was third on the team, playing 388:19 minutes.

1.000 - Horford's team-leading postseason three-point shooting percentage (minimum 1 attempt). Al rattled in his one three-pointer. Whether or not he called glass on it is still up for debate.

39 - Horford's team-leading double-double total. He also led the team in field goal percentage (.551, eighth in the NBA), rebounds per game (9.9, 10th in the League), and offensive rebounding (2.9, tied for ninth).

47/9 - Johnson's career single-game Playoff highs for minutes and assists, set in the First-Round, Game Four loss at Milwaukee.

38.0/.458 - Johnson's regular-season minutes per game, which went down for the fourth consecutive season, and his shooting percentage, which went up for the third straight season.

694 - Johnson's career three-pointers with the Hawks, second all-time behind only Mookie Blaylock (1,050).

16/6 - Zaza Pachulia's Playoff career-highs for points and field goals, set in Game Three of the Milwaukee series. "Z" shot 6-for-7 and 4-for 6 for the line in the game.

4 - Pachulia's team-leading assist total in the April 12, regular-season victory at Milwaukee.

2,500/1,000/1,000 - Milestones reached by Joe Smith during the 2009-10 season, as the veteran center sunk his 2,500th free throw against Chicago on Dec. 9, dished out his 1,000th assist March 1, at Chicago, and played in his 1,000th career game on March 16 at New Jersey. He's only the 93rd player and 11th active to reach 1,000 games.

14/9 - Single-game Playoff highs set by Josh Smith in Game Two of the first-round series. He finished the game one assist shy of a triple double, totaling 21 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists, adding two steals and two blocked shots. In the game, he shot 9-for-11, 3-for-3 from the line.

21 - The number of years since a player scored 20 points, had at least 8 rebounds, and 8 assists while shooting at least 80 percent in a playoff game, prior to Smith's Game Two performance. Three players had previously achieved that: Boston's Bill Russell (4/19/65), the Lakers' Magic Johnson (6/1/82) and Golden State's Mitch Richmond (5/2/89).

18/14/10 - J-Smoove's points, rebounds and assists in his second career triple-double, recorded Feb. 5 against Chicago.

18/17 - Smith's season-high rebound total, which went along with 17 points at Chicago on March 1.

24, 59 - Smoove's age (24 years, 59 days) when he became the youngest player in NBA history to record 1,000 blocks. The milestone swat came on a Nenad Krstic lay-up attempt at 8:45 of the first quarter on Feb. 2 at Oklahoma City.

15.0/8.0/4.0 - Smith's points, rebounds and assists per game averages. He was the only player in the NBA to have such numbers. In addition, the 6-9 Smith was the tallest player in the top 12 in steals and the shortest in the top 12 in blocks.

12.7/7.3/3.3 - Jeff Teague's points, assists and rebounds per game as a starter. Teague led the team in assists six times and in scoring in the season finale against Cleveland, recording his lone double-double of the season, with 24 points, and 15 assists in 48 minutes, all season highs.

.906 - Marvin Williams' team-leading free throw percentage (29-for-32). Williams shot a team-high .861 from the charity stripe during the season.

11/41 - Williams' playoff career-highs for rebounds and minutes set in Game Three of the Orlando series.

Jon Cooper is a freelance writer based in Atlanta.