Who?: Houston Rockets vs Atlanta Hawks
What?: Atlanta Hawks Season/Home Opener (Game # 1, Home game #1)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, Georgia)
When?: Friday, November 2, 2012 – 7:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680AM & 93.7FM
Projected Starting Lineups:
PG: Jeremy Lin | SG: James Harden | SF: Chandler Parsons | PF: Patrick Patterson | C: Omer Asik
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
Injury/Inactive Players Report:
Houston Rockets: Patrick Patterson (strained left quad)
Atlanta Hawks: Johan Petro (lower back pain)
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold:
Records: Houston Rocks (1-0) … Atlanta Hawks (0-0)
Streak: Houston Rockets –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: na / ROAD: Won 1 … Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won na / HOME: Won na / ROAD: Won na
Away/Home Records: Houston is (1-0) on the road this season & Atlanta Hawks are (0-0) at home this season.
Houston Rockets: Hot. The Rockets went on the road Wednesday and won their first game of the season by defeating the Detroit Pistons 105-96. James Harden, who was acquired from OKC in exchange for Kevin Martin and a few others, went off in his Houston debut and dropped 37 points, while adding 6 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 steals and 1 block in the victory.
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks finished the preseason with a 3-4 record.
Season/Past Season Series Notes:
The Rockets visit Philips Arena for the Hawks’ 2012-13 season opener. The teams will play again, in Houston, on 12/31 to finish the season series. The Rockets won the only meeting last year and have taken three straight against Atlanta overall, including the last two in Houston. Atlanta’s last win in the series was a 102-95 road decision on 1/25/10 and the last triumph at Philips Arena came on 11/20/09 (105-103). The Rockets leads the all-time series 71-69, with the Hawks holding a 49-21 edge in home games.
Last Matchup: (12/31/11) ROCKETS 95, HAWKS 84 – TOYOTA CENTER – HOUSTON, TX
Kevin Martin scored a game-high 27 points, Luis Scola put in 21 and Kyle Lowry dished out a career-high 18 assists as Houston posted 95-84 home victory over Atlanta … Chase
Budinger added 17 points and Jordan Hill finished with 11 points and career-high 15 rebounds … Joe Johnson and Al Horford each had 15 points to pace Atlanta, and Tracy
McGrady netted 13 points on 6-11 shooting … Houston owned an 8-12 point lead for a large portion of the second half, but it saw it dwindle in the fourth quarter after committing
four quick turnovers and allowing McGrady to score nine points on 4-5 shooting … Martin and Budinger then sank key 3-pointers to put it out of reach.
How they Stack-up: Atlanta Hawks vs Houston Rockets
Overall: 69-71 … Home: 49-21 … Road: 20-50
Current Streak: Lost 3 … Home Streak: Lost 1 … Road Streak: Lost 2
Last Win: 1/25/10 … Last Home Win: 11/20/09 … Last Road Win: 1/25/10
Last Loss: 12/31/11 … Last Home Loss: 1/15/11 … Last Road Loss: 12/31/11
*Info was used from the Hawks’ official gamenotes