The Atlanta Hawks beat the Denver Nuggets 108-104 at home at Philips Arena.  This was the fourth game of a five-game homestand for the Hawks.  With the win, the Hawks improved to 10-5 on the season, 1-0 in the regular season series with the Nuggets, and 3-1 on their homestand.  The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, DeShawn Stevenson and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center.  Kyle Korver (back spasms, awaiting the birth of he and his wife's new baby) did not play.  The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with 25 points.  He also grabbed 12 rebounds, giving him a double-double on the night.  Josh Smith and Louis Williams added 16 points apiece.  Josh Smith also had 13 boards, giving him a double-double on his birthday (happy birthday, Josh!).  Louis Williams also dished out six assists.  Devin Harris contributed 12 points and five assists.  Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench.  The leading scorer for the Nuggets was Ty Lawson, with a game-high 32 points.  In the first quarter, the Hawks outscored the Nuggets 27-26.  In the second quarter, Zaza Pachulia scored all 11 of his points, helping to extend the Hawks' halftime lead to 55-51.  The Nuggets opened the third quarter on an 8-2 run, but the Hawks went on both a 10-0 run and an 8-2 run of their own at the end of the quarter to extend their lead to 85-78 heading into the final frame.  In the fourth quarter, the Nuggets did take the lead with 2:34 to go when Danilo Gallinari hit 2/2 at the charity stripe, but it was short-lived, as Louis Williams hit some clutch free-throws, and Josh Smith had a big fastbreak dunk at the end to close out the four-point victory for the Hawks.  I think there are a few keys to this win for the Hawks.  The first is rebounding.  The Nuggets are tied for the second-best rebounding team in the league, but the Hawks outrebounded them 47-40.  They really boxed-out well after failing to box out on that last-second putback by Alonzo Gee against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Also, the Hawks hit their free-throws, hitting 16/19 (almost 15% above their season average).  They also did a great job of forcing Nuggets turnovers.  The Nuggets had 20 turnovers (three in the final 1:21), compared to 14 Hawks' turnovers.  Great win for the Hawks on national TV.
Josh Smith celebrating the win on his birthday