ATLANTA -- Hawks coach Larry Drew said losing streaks inspire all kinds of maladies -- sleepless nights, edginess, flaring tempers.
Returning home on Wednesday for their second game in two days against a similar kind of big, muscular opponent, the Hawks were at risk of losing their third straight and falling victim to all of that.
Making matters worse, they were even more depleted than the night before up front. In addition, to missing Zaza Pachulia (Achilles' tendon) again, the Hawks chose to rest DeShawn Stevenson, whom they do not play in back-to-back games.
Showing what Drew deemed urgency, the Hawks downed Memphis 103-92 at Philips Arena in a game that was not as close as the final score reflected, as the Hawks led by as much as 23 late in the third quarter and by 18 entering the final period against a Grizzlies team that entered with a better record from the more rugged Western Conference.
"I hope we can build from this, we get it rolling again and start winning some games...