Call it the Hawks two-step.

It goes a little something like this. Take one step forward then one step back.

The Hawks lost to the team with the worst record in the Western Conference Friday night at Philips Arena by dropping a 111-100 decision to the Hornets. The loss came one game after the Hawks down the Grizzlies, one of the best the West has to offer, at home.

“I think we are all trying to figure this out,” center Al Horford said. “This is a disappointing loss for us. We had a good win against Memphis and to come in here and be flat like we were tonight, there is no excuse. We need to regroup again.”

The Hawks fell behind by 14 points in the fourth quarter, this after leading by as many as 14 themselves in the first half. The Hawks cut the deficit to four points with 3:37 remaining but could get no closer.

The Hawks (27-22) lost for the fourth time in the past six games.

Josh Smith led the Hawks with 23 points. Jeff Teague added 21 points. Kyle Korver (17) and Horford (12) were the other double-digit scorers.