New York (28-36) at Atlanta (26-39)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Fri Mar 14, 2003
  • TV: MSG, WUPA
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ATLANTA (TICKER) —The Atlanta Hawks try to match their longest winning streak of the season on Friday when they complete a four-game homestand against the New York Knicks.

The Hawks have won consecutive games for the eighth time this season but have won three in a row only three times. They last won three straight from January 29-February 2 and have not had a four-game winning streak since December 19-26, 2000.

Atlanta has won four of its last five games and improved to 2-1 on its homestand with a 111-92 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 29 points and Jason Terry collected 22 and 10 assists for the Hawks, who shot 56 percent and set a season high with 35 assists.

Atlanta has won four of its last five home games and is 19-13 at Philips Arena this season.

New York had a three-game winning streak ended with Wednesday’s 87-85 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Othella Harrington collected 18 points and 14 rebounds and Allan Houston added 17 points for the Knicks, who have won five of their last nine games following a four-game slide.

New York’s Latrell Sprewell played despite an upper respiratory problem and point guard Charlie Ward overcame an abdominal strain.

The Knicks have lost seven of their last eight road games and are just 9-21 away from Madison Square Garden this season.

New York is 3 1/2 games behind Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and is 2 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta.

The Knicks have won five of their last six meetings with the Hawks, including the first two games this season. New York recorded a 95-92 victory at Philips Arena on January 18.

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