Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
The Atlanta Hawks remain just two games behind the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division after defeating the New Orleans Hornets on New Year's Day.
After winning two of their three games around the New Year's Day holiday, the Atlanta Hawks kept pace with the Southeast Division-leading Miami Heat sitting just two games back of the defending NBA Champions.
Atlanta sandwiched victories over the Indiana Pacers and the New Orleans Hornets with a loss to the Houston Rockets on New Year's Eve. The Hawks starting 2013 on a good note, defeating the Hornets by a score of 95-86. Josh Smith led the Hawks with a double-double, recording 23 points and 12 rebounds in the victory while Al Horford added 20 points in the victory.
The Hawks and the Heat are still the class of the Southeast with third-place Orlando sitting 11 games behind Miami. Charlotte and Washington are even further back of Miami, trailing the division leaders by 14.5 and 18 games, respectively.
The full Southeast Division Standings are below: