Who knew knocking on history's door would be this fun?The Hawks had no idea.
All they wanted to do was start their season with a bang and try and prove to themselves (and all their doubters) that the playoff run everyone witnessed against Boston last spring was no fluke.
Well, with a 2-0 record heading into Wednesday's game in New Orleans, Atlanta appears to be anything but a fluke.
Two impressive wins has that sort of impact on a team's favorability numbers, even when that team is the Hawks.
"We're not satisfied, man," Joe Johnson said. "I know y'all are probably tired of me saying it, but it's the truth. We're not satisfied. We know there's a long way to go."
In years past, the Hawks were focused on just surviving their tough early season schedule.
This year is just a little bit different.
Instead of fretting over what could go wrong, the Hawks seem to be embracing all the places they'll see, all the hostile crowds they'll hear and all those folks that still think these Hawks are some kind of fluke.
"I've got a locker room full of guys in there that believe in what we're doing," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "They believe in each other. And they believe in what we're trying to instill in them. We're going to go down there and face what we know is an excellent Hornets team. But we're not going to back down from anyone or anything."
HAWKS 95, SIXERS 88: Another home game, another fantastic finish.
Such is the way of things at Philips Arena these days, where the Hawks posted their fourth straight thrilling, come-from-behind win before a sellout crowd.
Hawks All-Star and captain Joe Johnson, the fourth-quarter hero during three come-from-behind playoff wins over Boston, was at it again Saturday night.
He shredded the 76ers for a game-high 35 points on 14-for-23 shooting, none bigger than the 32-foot, shot-clock-beating dagger he nailed with 11.2 seconds to play for a game-sealing 93-88 lead.
"I don't know what to tell you," a smiling Johnson said of the Hawks' sudden penchant for dramatics on their home floor. "I'm losing years off my age. But at the same time, when you keep pulling wins out, it is fun. Hopefully we can start to open up a little better."
The Hawks, 2-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 lockout season, couldn't have started much worse Saturday. The Sixers, led by former Georgia Tech star Thaddeus Young's 17 first-quarter points, manhandled them in the first half, opening up an 18-point lead late in the first quarter that would stretch as far as 23 before halftime.