Joe Johnson scored 26 points, Jamal Crawford added 21, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the New Orleans Hornets 121-98 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

The Hornets were without Chris Paul, who stayed home after spraining his ankle from the night before, and have lost three straight and five of six.

Josh Smith had 17 points and 17 rebounds for Atlanta, which was coming off an 11-point win Friday in Boston.

Peja Stojakovic scored 25 points, but New Orleans fell to 0-2 under Jeff Bower, the general manager who became the coach this week after Byron Scott's firing.

Stojakovic hit a straightaway 3-pointer to bring cut the lead to six with 8:44 remaining, but the Hawks went on a 15-0 run, ending with Mike Bibby's 3 with 4:24 remaining, to make it 110-89.

Atlanta improved to 8-2 overall, 4-0 at home.

Johnson's putback with 7:41 remaining put the Hawks ahead 98-89. Their lead stayed in double figures after Bibby's jumper on the next possession.

Bibby finished with 17 points and five assists.

Bobby Brown scored 13 for the Hornets, but was just 1 for 6 on 3-point attempts. David West and Emeka Okafor each had 12 rebounds and eight points.

Darren Collison started in Paul's spot, finishing with 10 points and four assists.