Chicago (12-29) at Atlanta (12-30)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Wed Jan 21, 2004
  • TV: TSO
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The Atlanta Hawks are playing well. They’re just not winning.

Facing Chicago may help as the Hawks host the hapless Bulls at Philips Arena.

Over its last four games, Atlanta has played Eastern Conference-leading Indiana twice, and defending NBA Champion San Antonio. The Hawks earned a surprising win over the Spurs, but were swept in the season series with the Pacers following a 100-94 loss on Monday.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 32 points and Jason Terry added 23 for the Hawks, who held a 13-point lead before Indiana came storming back.

“They beat us four times in a row this year but we played them tough,” Abdur-Rahim said of the Pacers. “There’s no consolation and that doesn’t really mean much, but we battled and just came out on the back end of it.”

Atlanta, averaging only 88 points per game entering the contest, shot 51 percent from the floor, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range. The Hawks are 7-11 at home, but have a chance to improve their record with seven of their next eight games at Philips Arena.

The Bulls’ dismal season hit a new low point Monday as Chicago blew a big lead in a 98-83 loss to the Washington Wizards. Chicago has lost four straight and has failed to reach 100 points in its last nine games.

The Bulls led 58-43 at halftime, but were outscored 18-2 over the final five minutes.

“This is a tough one to swallow. Of all of our losses, this is probably the worst one,” Chicago guard Jamal Crawford said. “It wasn’t like we were up 18 on the Kings or the Lakers or somebody. It was the Wizards.”

Crawford, who scored a career-high 42 points in his last game against Washington on Dec. 27, managed just 19 points, just five in the second half.

“That was just embarrassing. The rim seemed like it had a lid on it in the second half,” he said.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 19): Bulls - 7th place, 19 GB, Central Division. Hawks - 8th place, 19 1/2 GB, Central Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Bulls - F Antonio Davis, F Ronald Dupree, C Eddy Curry, G Crawford, G Kirk Hinrich. Hawks - F Stephen Jackson, F Abdur-Rahim, C Theo Ratliff, G Jason Terry, G Boris Diaw.

TEAM LEADERS: Bulls - Crawford, 16.9 ppg; Tyson Chandler, 10.3 rpg; Hinrich, 5.8 apg. Hawks - Abdur-Rahim, 19.8 ppg and 9.3 rpg; Terry, 5.0 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Bulls, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 31; Bulls, 100-94. At Chicago, Curry scored 22 points and Chandler added 13 and tied a career-high with 22 rebounds.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bulls - 5-14 on the road; Hawks - 7-11 at home.

INJURIES: Bulls - G Chris Jefferies (ankle); F Chandler (back); G Jay Williams (pelvis/knee). Hawks - G Terrell Brandon (leg); C Obinna Ekezie (knee).

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