Hawks Stay In Playoff Position Despite Loss To Suns

The Atlanta Hawks were unable to keep pace with the Phoenix Suns Thursday night, dropping their second straight game 115 to 128.

The Hawks built a 14-point lead in the first quarter, but the shorthanded Hawks could not maintain it, slipping behind the Suns in the second quarter and allowing them to build a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. The team had to do without another key Hawk, as Jalen Johnson was unavailable due to a right ankle injury. Saddiq Bey, Kobe Bufkin, AJ Griffin, Mouhamed Gueye, and Trae Young were also out due to various injuries.

The Suns outshot the Hawks 55% to 44%. They also topped Atlanta in shooting three-pointers, 53% to 34%. Dejounte Murray led the Hawks in scoring, 29, and in assists,10. Clint Capela led in rebounds, 10, and blocks, with 2.

The Hawks remain in position to be in the upcoming playoffs. Ranked #10 with a 30-39 record, The Hawks would face the Chicago Bulls to advance into the Playoffs when the Play-In Tournament commences April 16.

The Hawks face the Charlotte Hornets (17-52) at home this Sunday.