Al Horford returns to Hawks' lineup

Updated: February 12, 2011, 6:01 PM ET
Associated Press

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ATLANTA -- All-Star center Al Horford is back in Atlanta's starting lineup after missing two games with a back injury.

Coach Larry Drew says Horford is starting in Saturday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Horford was missed as the Hawks suffered an ugly 117-83 home loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.

It wasn't the first time the Hawks were beaten badly without their center. Horford was out with an ankle injury when the Hawks were held to the lowest-scoring game in Atlanta history in a 100-59 home loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Jan. 21.

Horford, who is averaging 16.2 points and 9.9 rebounds, hurt his back in a fall last week after a flagrant foul by the Clippers' Blake Griffin.


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