Hawks’ Johnson, Horford Make Contributions

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    By Special to the Daily World

    For the second straight season, the Atlanta Hawks had two players on the All-Star team, as guard Joe Johnson and center Al Horford saw action for the 2011 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star squad during Sunday’s midseason classic.

    Johnson, making his fifth straight All-Star appearance, finished with 11 points, 3 steals, 2 rebounds and 2 assists (4-11 FGs, 3-9 3FGs) in 20 minutes of action.  Horford, in his second consecutive All-Star game, saw 10 minutes of work and ended the night with 2 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block (1-3 FGs).

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