Atlanta (22-48) at New York (32-38)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Mon Mar 22, 2004
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The New York Knicks, battling for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference, may be without Allan Houston and Tim Thomas when they host the Atlanta Hawks.

New York lost some ground in the East standings Saturday, losing 87-81 to the Chicago Bulls.

“This time of the year when you play non-playoff teams, they play loose, and sometimes when one’s loose and one’s got a lot on the line, you get an outcome you don’t expect,” Knicks forward Vin Baker said.

The Knicks are in seventh place in the East, one game behind sixth-place Miami and just a half-game ahead of eighth-place Cleveland.

New York not only played without the injured Houston, but lost Thomas to a groin strain after the first quarter. The status of the two starters for Monday’s game is uncertain.

Houston missed his second straight game with a bruised quadriceps, and Shandon Anderson started in his place. Thomas scored eight points in his 12 first-quarter minutes.

Penny Hardaway had 11 points and 11 rebounds for New York, but Stephon Marbury shot just 4-for-18 and scored 10 points.

Atlanta lost 87-81 to the Utah Jazz on Saturday. Bob Sura had 19 points for the Hawks, who have dropped eight of their last 10 games.

The Hawks misfired on their first six 3-point attempts and finished 2-of-17 from beyond the arc. Jason Terry and Stephen Jackson combined to go 0-of-12 from 3-point range.

Atlanta shot 30.8 percent from the floor in the final period.

“We’re a jump-shooting team, and two games in a row, we haven’t shot the ball very well,” Hawks coach Terry Stotts said. “That’s part of our game.”

Wesley Person, playing in his seventh contest since Atlanta acquired him Feb. 9 from Portland, hit the Hawks’ only two 3s.

Hawks forward Chris Crawford missed his third straight game with a sprained left thumb. His status for Monday is uncertain.

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