Hawks at Suns, 9 p.m. ET

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  • The Suns (20-39) are coming off two straight overtime wins over Minnesota and San Antonio (the latter a huge surprise considering the Suns were on the road on the tail end of a back-to-back set). The Hawks (33-23) have won four straight.
  • The Hawks Al Horford is playing at the highest level of his career. In his past five games, he’s averaged 26.2 points on a phenomenal 67 percent shooting clip while hauling down 13.0 boards. He’s scored 20-plus points in seven straight for the first time in his career. “He gets better and better every year,” said Suns coach Lindsey Hunter. “He can do a lot.”
  • Also playing at a high level is Josh Smith, who’s averaging 18.0 points and 9.8 rebounds the past five games.
  • Suns players to watch are reserve big man Jermaine O’Neal and reserve small forward Wes Johnson. O’Neal had 22 points and 10 boards at the Spurs, his first 20/10 game in three years. Johnson has been a key figure in the two overtime wins, after having seldom played this season.
  • Both teams are healthy, except for season-ending absences for the Suns Channing Frye (who is missing the season with a heart condition) and the Hawks Lou Williams, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury in January.

Mike Tulumello

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