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The Atlanta Hawks have shown they can win no matter the location and who is missing from the lineup.Atlanta plays seven of its next eight games on the road starting with Friday nights early-season Southeast Division showdown against the Charlotte Hornets.Playing without center Dwight Howard and key reserve Thabo Sefolosha, the Hawks stretched their streak to six games with a 107-100 home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday after winning at Miami the previous night.Both could be back to face the Hornets, who are coming off a 115-108 victory at Minnesota on Tuesday.With the back-to-back games, the Hawks didnt practice on Thursday in Atlanta, meaning there was no injury update and Howards status might not be known until shortly before the opening tip.Howard, who was walking without a noticeable limp after Wednesdays win, suffered a left quad contusion when kneed by Heat center Hassan Whiteside in the third quarter of the victory at Miami.There has been a positive response, positive progress, coach Mike Budenholzer said Wednesday.Mike Muscala scored 16 points while filling in for Howard against the Bucks and the bench, led by Tim Hardaway Jr., still made a major contribution despite the absence of veteran Sefolosha, who sat out with a mild knee sprain.Muskie continues to play really well, Budenholzer said. Its interesting for him to play (33) minutes. Its a good thing the game ended at 48 (minutes). He gave us all he had.The victory coupled with a Cleveland loss tied the Hawks for the best record in the Eastern Conference at 9-2 and gave them their best start to a season since they were 11-2 in 2009-10.The Hornets have the third best record in the East at 7-3 after overcoming a 12-point halftime deficit at Minnesota with a 36-17 third-quarter blitz after coach Steve Clifford gave the team a tongue-lashing at the break.It was perfect timing, and we needed it, Hornets guard Kemba Walker after the game. We just (werent) ourselves, and he got into us a little bit. It worked out for us, because we needed to pick our energy up.Walker, averaging 25.8 points, scored 30 against Minnesota and also had six assists, five rebounds and five steals.The Hawks won three of the four games against the Hornets last season, including two in the first week of the season by a combined five points. The lone win by the Hornets came at Charlotte in January when Walker hit 4 of 6 3-pointers en route to 23 points.The Hornets havent received the regular bench play to match the Hawks this season, but Frank Kaminsky had 20 points against Minnesota. The Hornets were hoping Jeremy Lamb might return against Atlanta after missing seven games with a strained hamstring but announced Thursday he will not play.The Hawks have shot 50 percent while winning by an average of 10 points during their streak, and had 29 assists on 35 baskets against the Bucks. Taking care of the basketball, though, remains an issue.The Hawks have had as many as 24 turnovers in a game and committed 16 against Milwaukee after 19 at Miami.Its a bad trend that you have to take note of, Budenholzer said. We play with a lot of freedom, with a lot of ball movement. So if thats what you embrace, there may some more margin for error. But I think weve taken that margin to an extreme and I think everybody wants to reduce it. 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Youve got different players that are rare and I think Giannis is one of those rare birds that well be able to enjoy for a long time.Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell each added 13 points for the Bucks, who followed their impressive victory over Cleveland with their third straight win.Brook Lopez scored 15 points, Sean Kilpatrick had 14 and Bojan Bogdanovic added 13 for the Nets, who outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime on Tuesday and were trying to win consecutive games for the first time this season.If youre going to come out flat, thats how its going to happen, especially in the NBA, Kilpatrick said. Thats all the stuff that happens, especially if you come out flat and youre not playing with no type of energy. Once a team sees that, its like being in the ocean and youre bleeding. A whole bunch of sharks keep jumping on you if they see that.The Bucks continued their dominance of the Nets since Kidd left Brooklyn for the Milwaukee coaching job.Milwaukee led by one in the third quarter when the Bucks went on a 14-2 run to go up 77-64. Milwaukee took a 90-78 lead into the fourth quarter, led by Antetokounmpos 11 points in the third, and never looked back.I think we got the ball moving, but it all starts with our defense, Kidd said. We got stops and got out into the open court. We started to share the ball. I thought the ball moved a lot better in that second half.Antetokounmpo sat out the entire fourth quarter and missed a chance at a triple-double with Milwaukee hosting Brooklyn on Saturday.Its a long season, Antetokounmpo said..dddddddddddd It doesnt matter for me. The only thing that matters to me is getting the win. We play them in two days so I think (Kidd) made a good decision sitting me in the fourth quarter because weve got to get the win in two days. 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