Atlanta (21-44) at Toronto (27-38)

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  • Game info: 1:00 pm EST Sun Mar 14, 2004
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Jalen Rose may take the court for the first time in more than a month when the struggling Toronto Raptors host the Atlanta Hawks.

Rose, who underwent surgery to repair four broken bones in his left hand Feb. 10, practiced Friday and hopes to play against Atlanta.

“If I’m cleared to play, I’m ready to get out there,” said Rose, averaging 15 points and 5.3 assists in 33 games since being acquired from Chicago. “It feels good to be able to shoot with range, it’s something I haven’t really done since the injury.”

Toronto has gone 3-13 since Rose’s injury, including losses in four of its last five.

All-Star Vince Carter returned last week after sitting out six games due to a sprained ankle, but the Raptors are still without starting point guard Alvin Williams. He is sidelined indefinitely after having knee surgery last month.

Carter left Wednesday’s game against Cleveland early in the fourth quarter because of a problem with his dental braces, and the Raptors lost 106-92. Carter scored 19 points on 6-of-16 shooting.

Forward Corie Blount signed with Toronto on Friday after he was released March 2 by Chicago, where he averaged 4.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 46 games. The Raptors also waived forward Michael Bradley and placed guard Milt Palacio on the injured list with a swollen left knee.

Atlanta snapped a four-game losing streak Friday as five of its players scored at least 20 points—the first time that’s happened in the NBA in 11 years—in a 138-124 win over Washington.

The Hawks did it on the same day the sale of the team to a nine-man group headed by Boston businessman Steve Belkin was approved by the NBA.

Stephen Jackson scored a career-high 42 points.

“We’re pretty far down in the standings and not a lot of people really want to watch us,” said Jackson, who had 31 points in the second half. “But we still want to win. We still want to compete. We started off soft. They were scoring too many easy baskets, and we weren’t helping on defense.”

The last team to have five players score 20 points or more in a game was Orlando, which did it on Jan. 26, 1993. Atlanta last did it in 1968 at Seattle.

Bob Sura scored 28, to go with his 10 assists and nine rebounds, while Jason Terry added 23 points, Jason Collier had a career-high 22 and Chris Crawford 20.

The only starter not to score at least 20 was center Joel Przybilla, who left in the first half with a left knee injury. An MRI taken Saturday showed swelling in the knee, and he’ll be sidelined four to six weeks.

Przybilla has averaged 4.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in 12 games for Atlanta since being acquired in a three-team trade from Milwaukee on Feb. 15.

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