A poor third quarter doomed the Atlanta Hawks against the Boston Celtics at home earlier this month.
The Celtics wouldn't mind a repeat performance in order to avoid their longest slide in nearly six years.
The Hawks may have a key contributor back as they look for a more complete effort in another meeting with the Celtics on Friday night.
Atlanta (24-18) was eliminated in six games by Boston (20-22) in a first-round series in last season's playoffs, and the club fell 89-81 in the first meeting since on Jan. 5. The Hawks had their 15-point halftime lead vanish while being outscored 33-9 and making 2 of 14 from the floor in the third quarter.
"The one thing they did was increase the pressure in the second half, which we didn't handle very well," coach Larry Drew said. "We came out and played a really solid first half of basketball and didn't respond to the pressure. We took a lot of ill-advised shots. We did not get into our offense.