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The Atlanta Hawks notched their 20th win of the season with a 95-86 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Josh Smith led the way for the Hawks with 23 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
Atlanta went into the half trailing 50-44 but flipped the script on the Hornets in the third quarter. The Hawks outscored New Orleans 28-14 coming out of halftime and were able to keep the Hornets at arms length for the remainder of the game. Josh Smith scored 10 of his 21 points in the third to help the Hawks take control of the game.
Smith hit 11-20 shots and added 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals to his stat line. Al Horford added 20 points while Kyle Korver chipped in 14. Zaza Pachulia recorded a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Ryan Anderson scored a game-high 23 points off the bench for the Hornets. Greivis Vasquez recorded a double-double of his own with 17 points and 10 assists. Eric Gordon came off the bench again to score 11 but was just 5-17 from the field. Anthony Davis finished with nine points and 13 rebounds.
Atlanta piled up 30 assists on 41 made shots while only committing seven turnovers in the game. The Hawks didn't attempt a free throw until 1:17 remaining in the third quarter and finished 4-8 for the game.
The win wraps up a stretch of four games in five days for the Hawks who now get a couple of days off before they head to Detroit.