The Hawks were in listening mode as the hours ticked down on the NBA trade deadline, but they didn't make a deal.GM Rick Sund's predecessor, Billy Knight, made a deadline deal last year that changed the fate of the franchise. Acquiring Mike Bibby in a five-player deal with Sacramento lifted the Hawks into the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade.
Sund has a history of being active at the deadline. The biggest deal he made during his tenure in Seattle, acquiring All-Star shooting guard Ray Allen from Milwaukee for aging superstar point guard Gary Payton, happened at the deadline in 2003.
But with the Hawks at 32-22 and currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, the need for that kind future-altering makeover simply was not there.
"I think we can win with what we have," Hawks captain and All-Star Joe Johnson said. "I think we've proved that over the course of the last year that this is a winning team when we're at our best."
Hawks coach Mike Woodson agreed, insisting that a move for the sake of making a move would not have been in the best interest of the franchise.
"I don't think you jump out there just to jump out there," he said. "I would think something has to make sense for us to do anything."
HAWKS 105, KINGS 100: Mike Bibby guided the Sacramento Kings to six straight wins over the Hawks at Arco Arena.
On Wednesday night, he helped the Hawks snap a streak he helped build with a huge game against his former team.
Bibby finished with 29 points and a huge steal late as the Hawks rallied for a 105-100 win over the Kings, just his second visit to his old stomping grounds since being traded at the deadline last year.
The victory snapped the Hawks' eight-game losing streak at Arco Arena, dating back to 2000.
"It was big being back here and all you want to do is win," Bibby said. "I had some great years here but right now we're all about winning games. That's it."
Bibby also finished with five rebounds, four assists and three steals, helping the Hawks bounce back from a nasty road loss the night before against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Hawks' win, coupled with losses by Miami and Detroit, leaves the Hawks 3.5 games ahead of the Heat for the fourth position in the East, and 4.5 in front of the Pistons.
The Hawks can thank Bibby again for that cushion, because if he hadn't heated up early, the Hawks might have fallen to the lowly Kings (11-44).
After briefly trailing by six, the Hawks -- or better yet Bibby -- took charge and reversed that early deficit to lead by three at the end of the first quarter, 30-27. Bibby knocked down 5-of-8 shots to lead all scorers with 12; the hot start needed to propel him to a huge night.
"We bounced back," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "We closed the half really bad. We were up 10 with 2:25 on the clock and they go on a 14-0 run. That's ridiculous. We weathered the storm and came back into the ball game. They made plays and we made plays. We were just able to make the plays down the stretch."