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Hawks report: Getting inside

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Getting inside · Notes, quotes · Roster

The Hawks might have learned a lesson Friday night.

It's OK to fall behind by 19 when your opponent is only going to score 80 points, as the Bulls did Wednesday night.

But when you're facing an opponent with the firepower of someone like the Thunder, trying the come-from-behind tactic is not a wise decision.

The Hawks attempted to rally from a 13-point deficit against Oklahoma City on Friday night, but the visiting Thunder had some offense in reserve for when it needed it, finishing the game on a 9-4 run after Atlanta had gotten within two points.

If they're still wondering 62 games into the season what kind of team they are, the Hawks surely should have learned it in their last five wins and five losses.

They've held their opponent to 80, 83, 79, 79 and 92 in their last five wins.

They've allowed 111, 100, 105, 104 and 102 in their last five losses.

Notice a trend?

Want to beat the Hawks? Get them into a shootout.

It worked for the Thunder.

THUNDER 111, HAWKS 104: Game 2 of the Hawks' toughest homestand of the season didn't go the same way as Game 1, as the Thunder overpowered Atlanta for most of the night and held on down the stretch for the win. Attempting to build upon Wednesday's home win over the Bulls, the Hawks struggled to overcome the absence of Josh Smith, out again with a sprained knee. His outlook is not good for the rest of the homestand, which continues Sunday against the Knicks and concludes Tuesday against the Lakers.

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