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Hawks continue road trip at Phoenix

Atlanta will resume a five-game road trip tonight in the desert when it takes on a Phoenix Suns team finishing up a tough three games in three nights stretch.

The Hawks, who will also visit Portland, Chicago and New York on their trip, are now 9-6 as the visitor on the season after dropping the opener of their trek to the Lakers, 86-78, on Tuesday.

Jeff Teague scored 18 points to lead Atlanta in that one while Josh Smith and Joe Johnson had 15 apiece as the Hawks lost their second straight and for the fifth time in seven games.

LA shot 44 percent from the field and held Atlanta to 34.4 percent.

"We just didn't finish tonight," said Hawks coach Larry Drew.

The Suns just finished a three-game road trip with two consecutive losses over the past two nights, the latest of which was a 109-92 rout at the hands of Denver on Tuesday.

Rookie Markieff Morris had 21 points, Michael Redd added 20 and Marcin Gortat contributed 10 points and 14 rebounds in that one for the Suns, who rested 38- year-old All-Star Steve Nash as well as 39-year-old veteran Grant Hill and have lost three of four overall.

Phoenix built a little momentum to start the third, led by Redd. The veteran guard scored seven points during an 11-4 Suns run out of the break, which saw the game tied, 62-62. Denver never let the visitors take the lead, however, scoring the next six and 24 of the quarter's final 32 points to hold an 86-70 advantage after three.

"We got it tied and made a couple substitutions here and there that didn't work like we thought they would and, you know, before you know it we were down 12, 14," said Suns head coach Alvin Gentry.

The Suns have won four straight and seven of eight overall over Atlanta.

Phoenix has also won four straight and 16 of 18 over the Hawks in the desert.