Inclement weather forced the Atlanta Hawks to cancel Monday's practice, but icy roads seem to be the only thing that can slow their winning ways at home.
The Hawks look to win their 11th straight game at Philips Arena on Tuesday night when they face the Milwaukee Bucks, provided a winter storm doesn't force the game to be postponed.
Atlanta (25-14) has won four straight and eight of its last 10 games. After closing a four-game road trip with three straight wins, the Hawks returned home Saturday with a 108-93 victory over Indiana.
Atlanta hasn't lost at Philips Arena since falling to Boston on Nov. 22. The Hawks will try to improve their 13-5 home record as long as the weather cooperates. A winter storm in the South forced the Hawks to cancel practice Monday, and although Milwaukee was able to fly in, the game could still be postponed depending on road conditions Tuesday. Team officials posted on the Hawks' official Twitter page that the league was monitoring the situation.
Bad weather seems to be the only problem the Hawks have now. They are averaging 108.3 points per game over the last four contests - more than 10 above their season average - and the team is getting excellent production from its best players.
Joe Johnson has averaged 27.5 points over the four-game streak, while Josh Smith, who is scoring 16.1 points per game, has 22 or more in four of his last six games.
Atlanta is also getting a big contribution from reserve guard Jamal Crawford, who is averaging 25.4 points over the last five games.
Crawford and Johnson each missed playing time last month due to injuries.
"It's fun," said Al Horford. "We're getting everybody involved. Jamal is starting to play like himself again and Joe, as well. It's great playing with them."
The Bucks (14-21) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 115-92 win at New Jersey on Saturday, scoring over 100 points for the first time in 12 games. They averaged 87.7 while losing eight of the previous 11 contests.
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored a game-high 24 and Ersan Ilyasova had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Milwaukee, one of the league's worst shooting teams at 41.8 percent, shot a season-best 58.3 percent and had its highest scoring game of the season despite the absence of starting center Andrew Bogut, who was a late scratch with a viral infection.
"Knowing that Bogut was out, we really emphasized energy," said Douglas-Roberts, who scored a season-high 30 points the night before in an overtime loss to Miami. "We knew how important this game was to us. We needed to win these kinds of games."
It was a rare break in a tough stretch for Milwaukee. The Bucks' previous six games were all against teams with winning records. They have played a league-high 23 games against opponents at .500 or better and will host NBA-leading San Antonio on Wednesday.
Milwaukee hopes to have Bogut back for this game. He's averaging 13.3 points, a team-high 11.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots.
These teams have split two meetings this season, each winning on the road. Milwaukee rolled to a 108-91 victory Nov. 10, and Atlanta won 95-80 on Dec. 28, led by 18 points and 12 rebounds from Horford.
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