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Default Hawks weekly (Dec. 4): Upcoming games and team notes

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006 at Seattle Sonics (10:00 pm)
TV: SportSouth Radio: 790 The Zone
The Hawks and Sonics close out their season series in the only match-up at KeyArena this year … The Sonics took the first meeting between the clubs, 113-112 in overtime, on 11/11 at Philips Arena … Ray Allen’s bucket with two seconds left on the clock proved to be the difference … The Sonics currently own a six-game winning streak against Atlanta and have taken two straight at home … The Hawks lead the all-time series 58-52 (21-32 on the road).

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 at Denver Nuggets (9:00 pm)
TV: SportSouth Radio: 790 The Zone
Atlanta and Denver meet for the first-of-two games this season in the only match-up at the Pepsi Center … The teams play again on 12/12 at Philips Arena to close the series … Last year, the clubs split the season series at one game apiece, each winning at home … The Hawks have dropped their last two decisions in Denver … Atlanta leads the all-time series 36-28, including a 10-22 road mark.

Friday, Dec. 8, 2006 at L.A. Lakers (10:30 pm)
TV: SportSouth Radio: 790 The Zone
The Hawks and Lakers play in the first-of-two games this season in the only meeting in Los Angeles … The clubs finish the season series on 2/5 at Philips Arena … The teams split two games last year, each winning on the road … Overall, the Lakers lead the all-time series 173-131, including a 36-16 record in Los Angeles.

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 at Sacramento Kings (9:00 pm)
TV: SportSouth Radio: 790 The Zone
Atlanta heads to Sacramento for the first-of-two meetings between the clubs in the only game at ARCO Arena … The Kings took last season’s series 2-0, and have won six straight overall against the Hawks … The last Hawks win was a 115-104 home decision on 1/24/03 … Sacramento also owns a seven-game home win streak versus Atlanta … The Kings lead the all-time series 150-141, including a 69-38 road mark.


NEWS & NOTES

* The Hawks drew 19,650 fans to Philips Arena for their game against Cleveland on 12/1, marking the fourth sellout this season (in 8 home games) … Last year, the club sold-out Philips Arena four times the entire season.

* Joe Johnson has led or tied for the team lead in scoring in each of the season’s first 15 games … Johnson has topped the 30-point mark on six of those occasions, including in each of the last four games.

* Joe Johnson currently ranks 4th in the NBA in scoring at 28.3 points per game … He is also 2nd in minutes (41.6), 6th in made 3FGs (40), 5th in made FGs (158), t32nd in FG% (.506), 36th in 3FG% (.404) and 40th in assists (4.1).

* Other Hawks among the NBA’s top 40 in various statistical categories include: Josh Smith – t29th in rebounds (8.1), 12th in blocks (1.9), t33rd in steals (1.3) and 30th in minutes (36.7) … Tyronn Lue – t23rd in 3FG% (.420) and 20th in assist/turnover ratio (2.7-1.0)… Zaza Pachulia – t29th in rebounds (8.1) … Salim Stoudamire – 33rd in 3FG% (.407).

* The Hawks are currently in 2nd place in the Southeast Division with a 7-8 record … Last year Atlanta did not record their seventh win until 12/23 in their 25th game.

* With a 107-96 win at Portland on 12/3, the Hawks won the opening game of a West Coast trip for the first time since 11/5/02, a 103-87 victory over Denver.


THIS WEEK IN HAWKS HISTORY

December 10, 1986 – Dominique Wilkins ties his own franchise record (also held by Bob Pettit and Lou Hudson) by scoring 57 points (19 FGs and 19 FTs) in a 123-95 win over Chicago. Wilkins’ 19 made free throws are tied for the fourth-highest single game total in club history.
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