(SL) – The Atlanta Hawks took on their last West coast opponent in Philips Arena when they hosted the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night. It was a beautiful and horrible start all at the same time, but in the end everything would work out.
A 16-3 run put the Hawks in front of the Suns halfway through the 1st quarter, but a timeout by Phoenix proved to be effective in calming things down. The Suns responded with a 13-2 run that included three shots from the arc to retake the lead at 22-20. Defense was not a strong point for the Hawks, allowing 38 points in 12 minutes, 8-for-11 from beyond the arc. Phoenix was on fire, but when the dust settled, the Hawks regrouped.When the 4th quarter started, everything started to click for the Hawks. Atlanta with a 26-6 spurt gave the home team a 96-79 lead with less than five minutes remaining and seemingly dimmed all the light in the Suns. They simply had no comeback. As usual,Paul Millsap was that dude, finishing with 13 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists , while Al Horford had (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Kent Bazemore (16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) put together most of rest. Defensively, the Hawks will have to pull it together for playoffs. Atlanta will have to be strong in all areas if they plan on making it past the 1st round.