Hawks head to Boston

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks haven't let a hiccup in Memphis ruin their swagger and already got back on the right path.

The Hawks will close out a three-game road trip Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden and opened the trek with Sunday's 94-88 loss to the Grizzlies. The Hawks bounced back the following night with a 117-105 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Al Horford led the attack with 28 points and eight rebounds, DeMarre Carroll had 26 points and Paul Millsap ended with 19 points, nine boards and seven assists for Atlanta, which made 51.2 percent from the field and set a franchise record for wins (43) before the All-Star break.

"It was an important game," said Horford. "It was key for us to come out here with a sense of urgency and put on a good show."

Atlanta had an 18-point lead in the third quarter and headed to the final stanza with an 86-72 advantage. Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver each had 12 points for the Hawks. Korver was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team on Tuesday when Dwyane Wade withdrew due to injury.

The Eastern Conference-leading Hawks improved to 36-4 in the past 40 games and are 18-7 on the road. With a victory over Boston, the Hawks will become the fifth team in NBA history to record at least 44 wins at the break, joining San Antonio (2010), Boston (2008), Dallas (2006) and Philadelphia (1980).

The Hawks will host Toronto after the break on Feb. 20.

Atlanta made a deal Tuesday and sent power forward Adreian Payne to Minnesota for a future first-round pick. Payne was drafted 15th overall in last summer's NBA Draft and appeared in three games.

Boston had won three in a row and six of 10 games before dropping a 96-93 decision at Milwaukee on Saturday.

Jared Sullinger scored 17 points and Marcus Thornton added 14 off the bench, while Marcus Smart supplied 13 points.

"We had opportunities late, we just didn't capitalize on it," said Celtics forward Jae Crowder.

The Celtics aim to extend their home winning streak to three games and are 11-15 in Beantown this season. They will start a three-game road trip after All-Star festivities out west against Sacramento, LA Lakers and Phoenix.

Boston has lost the first two meetings with Atlanta this season and is winless in the past three games in this series.