SMITH, HAWKS REFUSE TO LOSE
Smith had turned in a solid first half. In fact, he was exactly halfway to a 20 and 10 night (10 points, five rebounds), the gold-standard for forwards in the NBA. But on this night, when the Suns were keying strongly on Joe Johnson, he new 20 and 10 wouldn't be enough.
-- J-Smoove finished with 30 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks ... Willie Green was huge off the bench with a season-high 20, followed by Jeff Teague's 16 and Zaza Pachulia's 15 ... Steve Nash paced the Suns with 22 points and 16 assists.
-- Larry Drew called a timeout less than a minute into the third period, and Atlanta dropped back by 15 early in the third ... But the Hawks wouldn't go away, putting together an 8-1 run to enter the fourth down four (77-73) ... Smith (10), Green (7), Kirk Hinrich and Vladimir Radmanovic carried Atlanta home in the fourth.
-- Atlanta had lost 4 straight overall to Phoenix, 4 straight in Phoenix, and won tonight for just the third time in the last 18 meetings in Phoenix.
-- After their first break this season of two days without a game, the Hawks resume the five-game road trip on Saturday in Portland (10:00 ET, SportSouth HD, NBA TV, 680 AM, 93.7 FM).