Hawks hold off Suns

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ATLANTA --- Josh Smith scored 22 points, rookie Al Horford led a dominant performance on the boards and the Atlanta Hawks beat another 60-win team from last season, holding off Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns 105-96 on Wednesday night.

Atlanta's Josh Childress had 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench as the Hawks surprised the Suns in an upset.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Atlanta's Josh Childress had 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench as the Hawks surprised the Suns in an upset.

The Hawks, who haven't made the playoffs since 1999, got back to .500 in a brutal opening stretch of games and added to their opening-night win over Dallas.

Atlanta led throughout the second half, but the Suns were right there when Nash drove for a basket with 4:42 remaining. Marvin Williams, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds, responded by hitting back-to-back jumpers, keeping Phoenix from mounting a comeback.

Smith sealed the win in the final 2 minutes, fighting hard on the offensive boards to get a couple of chances off Joe Johnson's missed jumper. The second one rolled in, and Smith was fouled by Grant Hill.

The Atlanta forward let out a yell and slapped hands hard with Acie Law, then went to the line and finished off the three-point play that gave the Hawks a 99-89 lead with 1:47 remaining.

Horford grabbed 15 rebounds to lead four Atlanta players in double figures off the boards.


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