Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/30/12
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If Josh Smith misses another game, the Atlanta Hawks will still have plenty of confidence in their offense as they open their trip. That doesn't bode well for a Houston Rockets team giving up points - and giving the ball away - at an alarming rate. Going for just its third win in Houston in 21 years, Atlanta will try to extend its winning streak to five on Monday night when these teams close out 2012 and their season series. Without Smith - the team's leading scorer at 16.6 points per game - who aggravated a hip flexor in Friday's 102-94 victory at Cleveland, and Devin Harris (sore left foot) and Anthony Morrow (strained right hip), the short-handed Hawks (19-9) defeated Indiana 109-100 on Saturday. "Guys scored some key points," said center Al Horford, who finished with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists despite playing with a right hip contusion. "We got stops when we needed to. That was a game where we got better.'' The Hawks would obviously prefer to have Smith back as...
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