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Red-hot Hawks play host to Pacers

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks will try to match their franchise record for consecutive wins on Wednesday night when the Indiana Pacers pay a visit to Philips Arena.

The Hawks have won 13 consecutive games and a victory on Wednesday will equal the mark of 14 set by the 1993-94 team, which turned the feat Nov. 16-Dec. 14, 1993.

During this 13-game winning streak, the Hawks have held a double-digit lead in all 13. They are 29-1 on the season when holding a lead of 10 or more during the game.

Atlanta is 26 games over .500 for the first time since the conclusion of the 1996-97 campaign and this run of excellence dates back further than 13 games. The Hawks are 27-2 over their last 29.

On Monday, the Hawks ran the streak to 13 with a 93-82 triumph over the Detroit Pistons, one of the hottest teams in the league.

Paul Millsap and Mike Scott scored 20 points apiece to lead the scorching-hot Hawks.

"I think that's what is great about our team, we have a deep team," Scott said. "Every night it's going to be someone's night."

Al Horford, named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, accounted for 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the win. Kyle Korver went 3- for-6 from long range for 13 points and Jeff Teague added 10.

Wednesday's game is the second of a seven-game homestand. The Hawks will host the Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers on this residency.

The Pacers have lost five straight and four in a row on the road. Wednesday's game is the third of a five-game odyssey which concludes in Miami on Friday and Orlando on Sunday.

On Monday, the Pacers fell victim to the Houston Rockets, 110-98.

The Pacers couldn't contain James Harden, who scored 45 points, which was one off his career-best. Harden scored 33 points after halftime, which is when the Rockets turned a 10-point cushion into a 20-point lead.

"He (James Harden) is having a great year, an MVP type season," said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. "He has to be in that conversation and was just way too much for us tonight."

C.J. Miles and Donald Sloan went for 23 and 17 points, respectively, off the Indiana bench. Solomon Hill managed 13 points and Roy Hibbert chipped in 12. Ian Mahinmi pulled down 14 rebounds off the bench.

The Pacers shot 45.9 percent from the field, but Houston shot 51.4 percent. The Rockets did commit 20 turnovers, but Indiana had 19 miscues of its own.

The Hawks, who faced the Pacers in the first round of last season's playoffs and fell in seven games, despite being the eighth seed, have won three consecutive regular-season matchups, including two this season.