Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/7

Game 1: Saturday, November 7th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 23rd

Nuggets 100

(5-2, 3-2 away)

Hawks 125

(5-2, 3-0 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    7:00 PM ET, November 7, 2009

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 25 25 24 26100
    ATL 33 27 30 35125

    Top Performers

    Den: C. Billups 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Atl: J. Smith 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 7 Ast, 6 Blk

    Smith contributes big as Hawks knock down Nuggets

    Associated Press

    ATLANTA -- Josh Smith had a night to remember, especially after one he and the rest of the Atlanta Hawks would like to forget.

    Up And Down

    After starting the season by racing to five straight victories, the Nuggets have stumbled in their last two games.

    First 5 Games Last 2 Games
    W-L 5-0 0-2
    PPG 115.4 94.0
    3-pt FG pct. 47.3 17.4
    Opp. PPG 101.8 110.5
    Opp. FG pct. 43.0 50.6

    Jamal Crawford scored 25 points, and Smith had 22 points, nine rebounds, six blocked shots and seven assists in the Hawks' 125-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

    The Hawks were coming off a 103-83 loss to Charlotte on Friday night.

    "It's a big statement. Having a letdown loss last night, and being able to come in and beat the number two or three team last year in the Western Conference. That's a big boost of confidence," said Smith, 8 of 10 from the field and 6 of 8 from the line.

    "I had opportunities to succeed and I seized the moment. I have wonderful guys to pass the ball to and I was really looking to crash the boards."

    The Hawks had a season-high 125 points and 30 assists.

    Fast Facts

    • The Hawks beat the Nuggets for the 18th time in their last 20 meetings in Atlanta, posting their highest point total since Dec. 27, 2008.

    • Josh Smith stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and six blocks. He is the first player to reach all those marks in a game since Jermaine O'Neal in February 2007.

    • Atlanta matched a season high with 30 assists.

    • The Nuggets have lost two straight after starting 5-0.

    • Carmelo Anthony reached 30 points for the fourth time in six games this season, but he shot 1 for 8 from the field after halftime.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "It's big, more mentally than anything else," Crawford said. "We had tough loss against Charlotte last night,and we beat a tough Denver team. We didn't lay down, and we fought. From start to finish, I thought we were really good as a team."

    The Hawks had seven players in double figures. Joe Johnson added 21 points, Marvin Williams had 14, Maurice Evans 12 and Al Horford and Mike Bibby 11 each.

    Carmelo Anthony had 30 points for Denver, and Chauncey Billups added 25. The Nuggets lost their second straight after winning their first five. Anthony was 7 of 21 from the field and 15 of 18 from the line.

    "We didn't have enough energy. We never did get a grip," Denver coach George Karl said. "Crawford played great. Joe Johnson did a good job. Josh Smith had an incredible game. We didn't respect his shot blocking. We needed an A game from a lot of guys, and we didn't get it," he said.

    The Hawks scored the first 10 points of the second half to make it 70-50. Denver never got closer than 12 points -- at 90-78 less than a minute into the final quarter.

    The Hawks shot 52 percent, hitting 45 of 87 shots, including 8 of 19 3s. Bibby was 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

    Both teams were coming off Friday night losses. The Hawks lost 103-83 at Charlotte, and the Nuggets fell 96-88 at Miami.

    Game notes

    The Nuggets were without forward Kenyon Martin. He injured his leg Friday night. ... Karl is still seeking win No. 939 to pass Red Auerbach for eighth place on the career victory list.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 125
    FGM-FGA 32-78 (.410) 45-87 (.517)
    3PM-3PA 2-10 (.200) 8-19 (.421)
    FTM-FTA 34-41 (.829) 27-30 (.900)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-36 8-44
    Assists 17 30
    Turnovers 10 8
    Steals 5 4
    Blocks 4 9
    Fast Break Points 19 28
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 33 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 27

    Top Performers

    Chauncey Billups Billups
    Points: 27
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Josh Smith Smith
    Points: 22
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 6