Hawks fend off Rockets

Hawks fend off Rockets

The Atlanta Hawks held off a late surge and defeated the Houston Rockets 103-100 Saturday night at Philips Arena.

Atlanta failed to cover the 4.5-point spread, but the 203 points sailed OVER the posted total of 185.

Joe Smith tossed in a game-high 29 points from 13-for-16 shooting from the field for the Hawks. Joe Johnson had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds in the win.

Yao Ming had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets.