Al Horford insists the Hawks have regained their successful early-season form.

He boldly stated his stance immediately following the Hawks' improbable comeback from a 27-point second-quarter deficit in a victory over the Celtics last Friday.

"I told the guys it was going to be a different second half of the season for us," the center said. "We are going to be better, more competitive. This is a perfect example."

On Tuesday, in preparation for Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Horford also pointed to Sunday's two-point loss at the Knicks. It was a game the Hawks led by a point with less than 30 seconds to play before two questionable foul calls went against them. The loss snapped the Hawks' two-game win streak which followed a stretch of eight losses in 10 games.

"I just think that we found ourselves through that slump of how to play, like we were playing earlier in the year, moving the ball around, being more aggressive and be more aggressive defensively," Horford said. "I think that we've don't have it all put together yet, but we are headed in the right direction. You can see that. We lost our last game, but we fought. There was a point there when the game could have gotten away from us and we stayed with it and we kept pushing."