Rockets-Hawks Game Thread

Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) goes to the basket against the defense of Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic, of Bosnia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) goes to the basket against the defense of Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic, of Bosnia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

ROCKETS VS. HAWKS

March 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena

Starters

Hawks (40-29, 22-12 home)

Jeff Teague

Kyle Korver

Kent Bazemore

Paul Millsap

Al Horford

Injury report: Out – Tiago Splitter (right hip surgery)

Inactives: Splitter, Lamar Patterson (D-League), Edy Tavares (D-League)

Rockets (35-34, 16-19 road)

Patrick Beverley

James Harden

Trevor Ariza

Donatas Motiejunas

Dwight Howard

Injury report: (From Friday): Out – Sam Dekker (low back soreness/tightness)

Inactives: Dekker, Andrew Groudelock

Officials: Monty McCutchen, David Guthrie, Marat Kogut

From the Hawks

The Hawks are coming off a 116-98 home win over the Nuggets Thursday, their fourth straight win. … The Hawks have won four straight against the Rockets, including a win in Houston in December after surrendering 41 first-quarter points. … With a win, the Hawks would sweep the season series in consecutive years for the first time since 1981-83. … Hawks opponents are a combined 39-144 from 3-point range (.271) over the last six games. …Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 points Thursday to become the first player to score at least 20 in his first career start as a Hawk since Paul Millsap.

From the Rockets

The Rockets are coming off 116-111 home win over the Timberwolves Friday. … James Harden had 29 points and 14 assists in the victory. … The win came after the Rockets held another players-only meeting Thursday. … The Rockets are 31-27 since J.B. Bickerstaff was named interim head coach in November. … Harden ranks second in the league in scoring at 28.6 points. … Howard ranks third in the NBA in rebounding (12.0) and second in field goal percentage (.616).

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