The Atlanta Hawks host the streaking Oklahoma City Thunder who are riding an 11-game winning streak tonight.
These two teams squared off earlier this season on Nov. 4 in Oklahoma City, with the Hawks pulling out the upset 104-95 victory. Since that game, the Thunder have won 18 of 20 and matched the 1996-97 Seattle SuperSonics’ franchise-record winning streak with a 107-93 victory over San Antonio on Monday.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Oklahoma City Thunder
What?: East Coast vs West Coast Showdown (Game # 23, Home Game #13)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 – 7:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680AM & 93.7FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: DeShawn Stevenson | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Russell Westbrook | SG: Thabo Sefolosha | SF: Kevin Durant | PF: Serge Ibaka | C: Kendrick Perkins
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Anthony Morrow (sore back) is questionable and Devin Harris (sore left foot) is doubtful.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones III (left ankle sprain) is day-to-day.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (15-7) … Oklahoma City Thunder (20-4)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Won 1 … Oklahoma City Thuder –> OVERALL: Won 11 / HOME: Won 10 / ROAD: Won 3
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (8-4) at home … Thunder are (6-2) on the road
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. Atlanta won 12 of their last 15 games overall, however, they are 3-2 in the last 5 games with losses against Miami and Golden State. The Hawks can beat the bad teams but they continue to struggle against the top tier teams in the league.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Hot. Through current 11-game winning streak, OKC is averaging 109 points per game, with victories over Rockets, Nets, Lakers, Pacers, and Spurs during the span.
Season/Past Season Series
Oklahoma City comes to Philips Arena for the only time this year in the second-and-final game against the Hawks. Atlanta notched a 104-95 road win in the first meeting (11/4), behind Al Horford’s double-double (23 points/12 rebounds) and 19 points from Lou Williams. Kevin Martin’s 28 points led the Thunder and Kevin Durant tallied 22 points and 12 boards. The Hawks have now won two-in-a-row against Oklahoma City, including the last contest at Philips Arena on 3/3/12 (97-90). The Thunder’s last win in the series was a 111-104 triumph at Philips Arena on 3/4/11. Atlanta leads the all-time series 63-58, including a 38-23 home mark.
LAST MEETING – HAWKS 104, THUNDER 95 — OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — (11/4/12)
Atlanta led by eight after one and 10 early in the second, but Oklahoma City closed the half on an 18-5 run to take a 51-47 advantage at the break. The Thunder went up nine early the third but the Hawks battled back to reclaim the lead, 75-74, heading to the final frame. A back-and-forth fourth quarter saw the Hawks clinging to a 91-89 edge with just over four minutes to play, before going on a 9-2 spurt, putting them 100-91 with 1:51 to go. The Thunder cut it to 100-95 but Atlanta hit free throws down the stretch to secure the win. Al Horford paced the Hawks with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Lou Williams scored 19 off the bench. Jeff Teague added 16 points and Ivan Johnson had 10. Oklahoma City was led by Kevin Martin’s 28 points and Kevin Durant’s 22 points and 12 boards.
Johan Petro was originally drafted by Seattle (now Oklahoma City) in 2005 and spent three-plus years with the franchise. Hawks assistant Bob Weiss was head coach of Seattle in 2005-06. Kyle Korver and Eric Maynor were teammates in Utah for part of the 2009-10 season. Thunder assistant Mo Cheeks played for the Hawks in 1991-92.
Information was used from the Hawks and Thunder official gamenotes